May 26, 2017
Rangoli Workshop with Yasha Dabas
Location: West Gorord Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
GPS coordinate: 10°19'02.7"N 123°54'00.9"E
What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is not a familiar word in the Philippines. But in India, it's part of culture and tradition that's deeply steeped in Hinduism. It is an ancient folk art made on a floor or boxed wooden background. A design pattern is drawn, mostly geometric, nature or deity. The pattern is filled-in using colorful beads, stones, powder, flowers, paints, coloured rice-water, gypsum powder, coloured sand or dry pigments. It is deconstructed when done, similar to the Tibetan Mandala.
Yasha Dabas, an Indian Rangoli expert, conducted the free workshop at the West Gorordo Hotel. She's not your typical Rangoli expert whom you might suspect is deep into Indian mysticism. Yasha is a banker, having graduated at Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. She worked as a Team Lead for Front office Prime Brokerage for JP Morgan-India. Currently, she's an Agile Transformation Agent with the Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. If she can be allowed to follow her bliss, she'll be doing Rangoli fulltime.
Gabii Sa Kabilin
The Rangoli workshop is part of the GSK 2017's Gabii Sa Kabilin celebration at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] spearheaded by naive artist, Paulina Constancia. The event is a 3-hotel venue featuring the Mayflower Inn with its Museum of Heritage and Folk Art (MoHFA) and the Elicon House with its launching of the Museum of Bicycling (MoB).
Rangoli is a meditative art as you enter into your own world, getting absorbed into the reality you architecture on your wooden background. After all the artistic flow and release, it is deconstructed. Like Burningman where art installation that took a year to develop is taken to the desert only to be burned, rangoli is a meditative exercise in artistic expression, impermanence and non-attachment.
Reader Comments:Joel Lee
(May 29, 2017) hi Yasha. joel lee here, the brother of paulina. thank you for coming to cebu to share your wonderful tradition and talent. unfortunately i was unable to speak with you after the event, as we were all dead tired after all the preps and activities. i learned that you are interested to know more about permaculture, and that you may have the possibility to apply it back in India. i recommend that you take up a course on permaculture, perhaps at Bali. there are several courses offered there. the bamboo school could be very interesting. check out their site: http://kulkulfarmbali.com/bali-permaculture-design-course. then i learned that the next international permaculture convergence will be held in Hyderabad, India: http://ipcindia2017.org/ this will be a good opportunity for you to meet up with permaculture people from india and elsewhere. let me know if there is any other information i could provide you. cheers. joel lee
Cebu City, Philippines
More Information about Cebu City
Cebu City to Camotes Island
- via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only).
Camotes Islands to Cebu City
- Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
- Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City
Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat
- George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
- Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0918.898.2188
- Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan
- Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
- Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
- Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
- Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips
Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol
- Weesam Express - Pier 4, departs 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 2 hours
one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
- Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
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- SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
+63 32 233 7000
- Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs daily 12:30pm, 10:00pm and 1:00pm (Mon, Wed, Sat)
Standard (Lying) Php 150, Tourist (Lying Aircon) Php 340
+63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03
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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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