Arts are part of culture, beliefs of people and principles (but beware because the dark side of the planet has been using arts and signs to bring violence, slavery, immorality and mind-control or mind-programming schemes to you that you're not even aware you're already following a deed that comes from the 'dark', so be vigilant and stick to God). In the city of Vigan during the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts, the Bigueño artistry is very much alive. Don't worry because this art festival has a good intention. It is to unleash the talents of the youth that comes from God using glass, seeds and grains with good advocacies of their own.
Affected in the sense that their beaches are eroded, the natural habitat of marine resources are destroyed, and it even has an effect to tourism.
Boklan comes from the word bukel meaning seed. I understand the young artists used different colors of seeds to bring contrasts and emphasis to their craft as well as in shadowing.
Ahhh. Some 'may' have used synthetic coloring materials (which I am not really sure) but I bet the main essence of this Boklan Art is to make use of the natural seed colors to create a meaningful, vibrant and natural art which I also did when I joined this very first art fest in Vigan - and we all used seeds, we did not ever apply any artificial coloring material other than the natural colors of seeds and grains that blend together in harmony and passion.
Seeing those pieces of artful works made me fall own on my knees amazed with God because He has just given us resources and amazing talents to express ourselves - I reiterate, for the better, for the 'light.'
Aside from exercising these talents, in a way or another, it also promotes tourism in the city. This activity has been a crowd-drawer from different parts of the world. Yeah, I saw white people joining, witnessing this art fest.
And there was a parade, so let's take a peek on what happened with the parade. Too bad, I only got few photos.
Yes I know, I am not perfect and I can never be the best example you might be looking for but I just feel the need to do my part and to start it. You can still see flaws in me, mistakes and all that maybe now or in the future but upon my self-reflection, I have learned that there are better things in this world other than wordly pleasure, money or fame.
Yes, I confess, I wanted to stand out before, earn many fans, followers, advertisers and money. Nah! It was all for me, for myself and for my own gratification. I forgot I have been spending a lot of time working for myself diverting my attention from God. I realized I was just too selfish.
Right now, I am not saying that I don't want the fortune and all that. I realized that money, fame and status is more of a responsibility like, are you influencing your followers for good? Or questions in my head like am I doing the right way? I mean, this world is already too inflitrated by immorality, sin and things close to that so I am just feeling right now the need to reverse that in my own little way. Once again, I am not telling I am perfect, I am also sinful like anyone of us but I think I may not contribute in making people get closer to God if I will just stay silent.