Team ETA at Ignition Venture Studio April 6 - May 15 2018
Ignition Venture Studio is a nation-building enterprise which aims to empower the entrepreneur. They provide business support services that allow individuals to focus on executing their innovative ideas without the backend hassles of running an enterprise. They bridge virtual capital with disruptive innovators and foster an accessible community that yields opportunities, nurtures trailblazing ideas and encourages knowledge sharing for growth.
Since last month, exactly one year before I started Empowerment Through Art, ETA became a group of artists who believes in the power of ART. People who are passionate, people who believes and supports women's and children's rights, people who believes that humanity always prevail. These people joined together to show women in varying mood, expressions and reflections. One desire bonded them, to be an artist for one’s mother, sister, wife, friend, classmate, neighbor, office mate and leader; that it take so much effort to be noticed by society.
Women shout for equal roles and opportunities and until now we are still in need to raise awareness about how women are treated in workplace, at home, in school, in corporate world, in health and social services and in the political arena.
These artists are unique because they have other professional engagements and interests. Some are in health-related courses, development work, writing, research and accounting. These artists pursued painting and doing artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. What started as a hobby became another source of happiness. They reached the consensus, to define and show women empowerment in their paintings and art works.
They are aspiring artists truly motivated and involved in the society where women can be agents of change.
There is no other way but to seethe love and passion of these artists engaging, dynamic and empowering.
Sharing the poem that I read in the opening exhibit event last April 6, 2018
“Si Yllang at ilang kwento ng mga kababaihan”
Maralita, mahina, walang pinag aralan, Yan ang madalas na katayuan ng mga kababaihang nasa laylayan ng ating lipunan
Tanga, bulnerable, madaling mauto, Mga katangian ng karamihang namumuhay sa kahirapan.
Ako bilang babae, katulad ng nakararami, Ako bilang mahina, mahirap at madalas na tinatawag na puta.
Ako bilang isang babaeng paulit ulit nang nasaktan, subalit paulit ulit paring nag mamahal
Ako na noon ay isang migranteng manggagawa, Ako bilang isang anak, ina at asawa…
Ang minimithi para sa kapwa kababaihang nakararami, ay ang pagkakaroon ng pantay pantay na karapatan, kaligayahan at Kalayaan.
Karapatang maabot ang mga minimithi para sa sarili at pamilya, Kaligayahan na nais makamit ng puso at kalayaang gawin ang ninanais ng kalooban.
Para sa bawat araw ng pakikipag laban ng kababaihan, Ang pag papakita at pag sabit ng mga pininta sa bawat espasyo ng lugar na ito ay isang tagumpay ko kung tawagin.
Tingnan, sipatin, isipin ang mensaheng napapaloob sa mga ito, Nais kong mag laan tayo ng konting oras o minuto, magmunimuni, isipin ang mga kabbaihang nakakasama bawat araw.
Para sa akin ang bawat araw ay giyera, pakikipag laban sa agos ng buhay, dahil patuloy ang pangamba, panganib at pananakot
Hindi pa tapos ang kwento ng mga kababaihan, ilan lamang ito sa kwentong buhay ng nakararaming kababaihan sa ating lipunan.