As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In Cebu, our colleagues found that one man’s trash is another child’s art! On August 28, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu promoted eco-conservation through its 2018 Maco’s Trash To Art contest in partnership with The Freeman local newspaper. Named after the resort’s mascot, Maco the Seahorse, the competition challenged students from five schools to create ocean-themed murals using discarded items like bottle caps, newspapers and plastic bags.
Teams of five from Bagong Silang Elementary School, Marigondon Elementary School, Pusok Elementary School, Lapu-Lapu City Central Elementary School and Bankal Elementary School competed in the day-long contest. Entries were judged on artistic merit and ecological relevance.
“All of the murals exhibited creativity and how innovation can convert cast-off materials into impressive art pieces,” said Cassandra Cuevas, director of communications at the resort.
The judges awarded Bankal Elementary School as the winner, with the Pusok Elementary School and Lapu-Lapu City Central Elementary School teams placing second and third, respectively. All winning teams were awarded art supplies and stainless-steel straws. The Bankal Elementary School students also won an art workshop at the Artissimo Art House.
Guests were able to view the creative murals at the resort throughout September.
Congratulations to the students on their creativity, and thank you to the resort for hosting the fun event.