January 29, 2023


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Celebrating history through paper crafts

There is presently a excitement surrounding the future 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan. One can go through about it on line or at times, pops up on your social media news feed. 

This year, the place commemorates the Victory at Mactan and other similar events – collectively recognised as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) with the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) having the direct by way of the Govt Get No. 55, s. 2018. 

The NQC spearheads the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan in April and the 500th anniversary of the Philippine aspect in the initially circumnavigation of the earth from March 16 to Oct 28. 

The 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, on the other hand, is led by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. 

Samantha, 9, and Solenn, 7, working on their Catriona Gray paper dolls in the course of a weekend spouse and children artwork action. (SAYU/PIA-10)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed “let us all take part in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations slated this yr so that we could convey our historical past, culture, and traditions nearer to our hearts.”

Similarly, Presidential Communications Functions Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin M. Andanar termed on Filipinos to celebrate and participate in the year-spherical party, “even if we are facing the troubles brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we, the Filipino individuals, participate in the Countrywide Quincentennial Commemorations. We just do not remind ourselves what occurred hundreds of yrs in the past, instead we are seeking back to the foundation of how the Philippines was established and how it formed our culture and traditions. This reminds us of our roots, and let’s convey to the world our tale and the Filipino id.”

A person may possibly check out the NQC site at www.nqc.gov.ph, which is residence to an on the net lecture portal, artwork level of competition, the Lapulapu Monument layout, the quincentennial tracks, educational films, and documentaries amongst others. Just one intriguing phase on the internet site you appear throughout is the Paper Crafts in this article we get to look at and download printable slash-out paper dolls of Lapulapu and other historical past makers – and paper boats way too! 

There is one particular unique inclusion on this established – Skip Universe 2018 and Countrywide Fee for Tradition and the Arts (NCCA) arts ambassador Catriona Gray. She also has an on the web display for NCCA, Kultura: 101 which streams via the @NCCAOfficial facebook web site.

According to the NQC internet site, the initial batch of the Quincentennial Paper Crafts Sequence was released in July of 2020 that includes historical characters like Lapulapu, Rajah Humabon, Rajah Colambu, Juana, Ferdinand Magellan, Juan Sebastian Elcano, Enrique de Malacca, and Antonio Pigafetta. 

The paper dolls are made by Abegail Purisima, a BA Heritage graduate of the Polytechnic College of the Philippines. She immersed herself in the 16th century Boxer Codex which is made up of descriptions and the earliest recognized illustrations to our ancestors. You can visit her social media web pages @pureautumnarts. 

The paper crafts collection is element of the NQC’s online things to do to advertise and popularize to young children the spirit of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines and the earth of our ancestors. 

The paper dolls are downloadable for no cost on the official web site of the NQC www.nqc.gov.ph.

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The quincentennial paper crafts give learners a likelihood to examine and learn a piece of our cultural heritage and background. What greater way to examine the creativity and eyesight of this segment in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines than to basically do these paper crafts – with our youngsters. 

The paper crafts are pretty substantially down load pleasant, all one has to do is navigate the NQC web site to a button titled “Paper Crafts” (an icon resembling a paper-folded boat) – there, unique paper dolls and paper boats can be seen by clicking on each button to check out the graphic, correct simply click on it, conserve picture as – click conserve and voila the paper doll or boat file is now saved on your machine, ready for printing. 

This author recommends printing the dolls and boats on thicker material paper other than a bond paper, as the latter is as well mild to stand without the need of sticking it on some thing heavier. In this action, we applied vellum specialty boards with 220 GSM (grams for each sq. meter), happy I located some outdated shares in my paper stash. 

As for the paper boats, children will have to have the help of mom and dad or guardians due to the fact it would entail applying a cutter for the intricate information. We even now use the vellum specialty boards as foundation – and you can modify it by placing lower-outs of outdated styro cups (or anything at all that can do the trick) on the base of the boat to make it float on h2o to guard the paper – you could also modify it additional by printing more compact versions of the dolls and putting them on the boats all set for voyage on a tub or a rain puddle. 

This activity delivers back again memories earning paper boats again when we ended up small children – rain allow us create hurriedly produced paper-folded boats and frolic in the rain searching for puddles or streams to set sail our paper boats. Some fantastic previous occasions, right there. 

Samantha Andrea, 9, also indicates that we stick the paper dolls on popsicle sticks and make a puppet display with Lapulapu’s story on spotlight– that would make for yet another fantastic exercise.  “It was enjoyment making the paper dolls and instructional far too, I also learned that the Struggle of Mactan occurred on April 27, 1521 following looking at the video clip papa showed us” Samantha stated.


Govt Get No. 103 (s. 2020) embraces a Filipino-centric level of look at, in accordance to the NQC, wherever magnanimity, compassion, and humanity prevailed as our ancestors served the starving crew of the first circumnavigators  — the Armada de Maluco, also recognized as the Magellan-Elcano expedition– as effectively as the bravery of the warriors of Mactan.

Sandro, 4, places his Balangay paper boat on a plastic basin with water – and it floats! (SAYU/PIA-10)

Rai Bollozos Sanchez, a nearby historian in Cagayan de Oro City and element-time faculty at the Liceo de Cagayan University, shares how these paper dolls can enable teach kids on heritage creatively. 

“It’s extremely catchy since it will not only introduce the coming of the Spaniards in the Philippines but also showcases the pre-colonial culture of our ancestors. Like the manner they dress, and most importantly the Balangay and the Caracoa“, Rai Sanchez mentioned. 

Sanchez also hopes that this paper crafts initiative of the NQC would make the Division of Education and learning know its value as a mastering device for elementary pupils in teaching specially on pre-colonial record. 

“The Countrywide Quincentennial Commemoration does not only rejoice the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines but would also rejoice our pre-colonial past. Even although documented from a colonial stage-of-watch, from the documentation of Pigafetta, he was equipped to maintain all those practices and in flip, some of it is visible in our latest IP communities. In that scenario, very well preserved ang kasaysayan and mas ma-protect pa sa umaabot nga henerasyon (our background is properly preserved and potential generations can protect it even far more),” Sanchez mentioned. 

In accordance to womenshistory.org, paper dolls became well-known for the duration of the mid-19th century to mid-20th century as modern day technological know-how designed printing and replica much easier and cheaper – even newspapers and magazines revealed paper dolls to illustrate present-day vogue trends for ladies and females. 

However, the 60s and 70s noticed its decline in acceptance, perhaps thanks to much more technological advances that led to the generation of the plastic dolls. On the other hand, paper dolls continue to keep on being well-liked among the avid collectors. 

Environmental Planner Angelie Azcuna-Collera, Head of the Heart for Human Advancement at the College of Science and Technological know-how of Southern Philippines (USTP), mentioned “I obtain these paper dolls reminiscent of all those days when we had been young–these that you obtain from a sari-sari retailer and then we dress up the paper dolls with the totally free paper attire. Seeking again, that nurtured creative imagination and it built us, children then, relate to the figures of the paper doll–that is how I see these quincentennial dolls would affect young children this working day in appreciating our history and culture, in typical.”

Visible narratives frequently spark curiosity and the creativity. Joe Bacus, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker from Cagayan de Oro, co-founder of the Cine de Oro Movie Festival, and director of the movie Markado: The Moon Devourer, which has been very well received in many movie festivals right here and abroad, weighs in on this NQC job. 

“I believe that in the electric power of visuals. Today nga infested na atoang multimedia with western and some Asian cultures and uncommon kaayo ta makakita og atoang very own, kinahanglan kaayo nato ni,” Bacus reported. (Nowadays, our multimedia material is infested with western and some Asian cultures, it is exceptional to see our own, we need to have this.) 

Bacus also explained that if we need to have to compete with pop society, this job will undoubtedly assist us. In today’s earth, to be globally accepted and competitive, we copy narratives that are not our own but still, we accomplished fewer. 

“The only way to be acknowledged is we have to discover to settle for una og kinsa ta (who we are) and future – ipromote atoang have id nga ma very pleased ta, ganahan ko ani na project“ (market our have identification that tends to make us proud, I like this task) Bacus claimed.      

Michael E. Bacol, a multi-awarded visual artist and art teacher from Cagayan de Oro Town shares some insights on the NQC paper crafts and how foreseeable future editions of the project may perhaps be improved. 

“I feel this would assist by preserving our tradition seeking back again when we had been young with no devices. But I will not know with the children now, if they nonetheless like this concept. I believe this is a great instrument, possibly with our new technological know-how now, we could also adapt to it to bring in desire from our new generation” Michael Bacol claimed.  

Bacol also reported that these paper crafts and other initiatives may possibly be built-in into applications (pc programs) for children about Philippine background to adapt to the present-day trend among the youthful learners. 

“For the paper dolls, probably, a part of the paper lower-out website page can be utilized for a assertion or description who Lapulapu and the other figures are, so that small children will know who they are and what their contributions are to record, significantly like to that of the Balangay paper craft page” Bacol provides.

Bacol also thinks that coloring resources or publications about Lapulapu and other folks would be a very good addition to the NQC actions to even further get young children and young learners to take part even extra.

Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez, the Founding Director of the Mindanao Point out University – Iligan Institute of Technological know-how (MSU-IIT) Center for Lifestyle and Arts Research and Founder and Inventive Director of the Integrated Executing Arts Guild (IPAG) tells us “Dolls are synonymous with childhood play, as these continue to mean to us now. But over and above staying toys, these playthings are embodiments of a community’s narratives. These dolls non-consciously embed a way of thinking that molds the child’s earth. Embodying the most profound portions of our nation’s narratives in these representations of our heroes and martyrs (tangibly in 3-dimensional or paper-reduce types) can enhance our identification and delight.”

Dr. Fernandez also says that from pre-contemporary times, dolls represented what a local community strove for, as mediums for religious yearnings among the the shamans, to the icons of our saints that manifest our deep spirituality. 

Fernandez, even so, also tells us how consumerism might affect these representations. 

“Dolls can remind us of our nationhood. However, there is a downside to this as dolls, being playthings, might also be representations of the trivial. So, also, are its means of production. Whereas its importance can lie in dolls’ representations, their functionality in a consumerist culture these kinds of as ours can demean the substantial embodiments of what these dolls represent” Fernandez stated. 

Fernandez also explained that doll manufacturers will definitely look at the advertising interests (thus earnings) doll-creating can make. “The enrichment of a countrywide consciousness is hence shed to our kids who will see dolls are mere playthings, companions to leisure.” 

“This is wherever a composite prepare requiring complete analysis, where our training, political, business, and shopper sectors synch a centered direction in doll-creating with our narratives as setting” Fernandez claimed. 

These insights give us an overview of that the paper-craft dolls and boats have further meanings and evoke enjoyable recollections as perfectly as making far more reminiscences with today’s era and further than. 

The paper crafts job of the National Quincentennial Committee provides with it a enjoyment understanding encounter via time, at minimum in that section of our background, that youngsters would not only see these as mere dolls. Possibly, there will be a lot more actions and paper-crafts that feature our society, heritage, background and diversity as Filipinos.

We rejoice Lapulapu and the ideals, sacrifices and bravery of our ancestors. Via these paper dolls and paper boats, we not only commemorate the situations that enable form our country’s lively culture and heritage – but also rejoice the creativeness of our little ones in holding the stories alive via these paper crafts – and the rich cultural finding out it provides. (SAYU/PIA-10)