The Frugalicious Mantra

The Frugalicious Mantra

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CHILDREN OF THE CROSSROADS

*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

We must have thought about wishing to be born to affluent parents at one point in our lives. We complained about the "repeat performance" food on the table, probable hand me down clothes while we were growing up, our sorry old toys and our parents who either dots on us endlessly or never gave a damn that we've existed at all.


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

Good thing for most of us, our families weren't alone in raising us. Our communities also made an impact, while we were growing up.  The neighbourhood we live in and it's inhabitants all seemed to have shared in enriching our maturation process. Good or bad, it really does "takes a community to raise a child" - it truly does!


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

Remember that old spinster who used to share her milk and biscuit every afternoon tea with you just so she can talk to you because you remind her of her own grandchildren?


*photo by Jun de Leon


The "magtataho vendor" who inadvertently taught you well how to add and subtract because of your daily transaction right outside the opening of your lawn gates? 


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

Was there a 'maestro' in your street who shared  his knowledge of classical music to the rest of the neighbourhood because of the sheer volume of his stereo? - That was my grandfather, Lolo Nanding Haha!  


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

There are a lot of examples. Frugal mothers would try out a barter system where they use their own goods and services in exchange of other people' s time and skills needed by her family. Something like in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" where the lawyer Atticus accepts a bag of potatoes in exchange of lawyering fees.


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

These things does not happen a lot any more though. Filipino communities due to strong ties continue its lasting bonds. And yet, there's changing trend of individualistic mindset and a prevailing me-first-attitude. 


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

However much things are slowly deteriorating in communities nowadays, there is no comparison when we talk about living in a war zone. Imagine spending your childhood where killing and bombing, death and dying is a normality you have to endure.


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

No, even as for me, I can not imagine that. The least I can do is to DENY that these things actually occur in the Philippines nowadays. There is a war going on, whether or not we turn a blind eye!


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

I went to the CHILDREN OF THE CROSSROADS exhibit last May 17, 2016.  It was held in Far Eastern University in Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc Manila.  Even if the exhibit finished last May 20 in FEU, I hope you can check out the exhibit in case you run into them anywhere in the country.







According the the press release "These snapshots were captured by the lenses of celebrated photographer Jun de Leon and through the words of An Alcantara, as they visited Maguindanao, after the Mamapasano incident in 2015.


This exhibit is the 2nd of the series of exhibits among schools, colleges and universities in the Metro, raising awareness among the youth on the impact of conflict in Mindanao. Atty. Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval, Undersecretary for Programs of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP,) and Mr. Ian Romeo de Felipe, Program Coordinator of the Angel C. Palanca Peace Program Foundation, Inc. of the Far Eastern University graced and led the ribbon cutting during the opening of the exhibit last May 17. 




*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

This exhibit has been on tour in major shopping malls in the metro since 2015 and is currently doing its run in educational institutions starting May 2016, as part of the continuing peace information, education and communication campaign of OPAPP. 



This activity is organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 


As mentioned, this Children of the Crossroads Exhibit "This exhibit has been on tour in major shopping malls in the metro since 2015 and is currently doing its run in educational institutions starting May 2016, as part of the continuing peace information, education and communication campaign of OPAPP. "


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

The photos are haunting and seemingly of a different Philippines altogether, but it's not. These Muslims are Filipinos who would have lived exactly the same as we have been doing if they were not at war.


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

Wars not only kill everything tangible in it's path. War crushes spirits, damage minds and disillusion dreams. I just want to repeat, that just because something is not seen, it is not there. Just because something is not felt, it must be forgotten. Just because we are not physically in the war our Muslim brothers and sisters, and the many courageous Filipino soldiers fight everyday, does not mean there is no war.


*photo in exhibit by Jun de Leon

There is a war going on in Mindanao and it should be stopped. The least we can do for them is to acknowledge it's existence. Don't turn a blind eye to your own family. 
Attend exhibits, learn more about the country, get involved in your communities, sign peace petitions and help raise funds for 
charities. It does not have to be big, it just have to happen.Let's all keep going for our fellow men.

After all, what kind of soldier leaves a comrade in battle?









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