The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS)

CANVAS promotes greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine art, culture and the environment. CANVAS also explores the use of art to promote reflection, discussion and debate on selected social issues, particularly national identity, free expression and sustainable development.
Jan 29, 2017

Bookgiving Updates From Field

Bookgiving at Imbang-Caliban Watershed in Bacolod
Bookgiving at Imbang-Caliban Watershed in Bacolod

Over the past years, with your generous help and donations, CANVAS has been able to give away nearly 120,000 children's books to kids in public schools and disadvantaged communities throughout the Philippines. 

Beyond raising the funds to print those books, however, actually getting them into the hands of the children's who need them most is not an easy task. CANVAS is a small nonprofit with limited funds and manpower. For this reason, we are grateful to the many individuals, private sector and government agencies, and other nonprofits who work directly in the field who generously give their time, effort and resources to help distribute and track those books.

We're very happy to share with you some of the pictures we received from them, just in time to close out 2016. :-)

Thank you again for your continued support and generosity!

Bookgiving in Ifugao Province
Bookgiving in Ifugao Province
Bookgiving in Palawan with the Philippine VP
Bookgiving in Palawan with the Philippine VP
Bookgiving in a Quezon City Urban Poor Community
Bookgiving in a Quezon City Urban Poor Community
Bookgiving in Baguio City
Bookgiving in Baguio City
Books for 142 Quezon City libraries!!!
Books for 142 Quezon City libraries!!!

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Nov 7, 2016

National Artist BenCab's Activity Book for Kids

A National Artist
A National Artist's Activity Book for Children

For the past several months, CANVAS has been working with National Artist Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera. Considered by many as a national treasure, BenCab's works are coveted by collectors in the Philippines and abroad. It has been said that he "is arguably the best-selling painter of his generation of Filipino artists."

CANVAS and BenCab collaborated to produce and publish the "BenCab Activity Book for Children". Using some of BenCab's artworks as inspirations for activities especially designed to engage children ages 6-10 years old, the book touches on various themes like family, climate change, heroism, workers and the Filipino identity.

Launched in late September, among the first to receive their very own copies of this unique book were the children of Helping Land, an urban poor community in Tondo, Manila. Working with Project PEARLS (Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love and Smiles), a local nonprofit working focused on education, nutrition, economic and community development, and working to help children get out of poverty, 1000 copies of the BenCab Activity Book for Children were given away.

According to Project PEARLS, the book was a big hit with the children. “Ang galing ni BenCab mag-painting! (BenCab is so good in painting!)," one of the kids told us as he scanned the book he was holding. “Sana maging katulad din niya ako. (I hope to be like him someday.)” 

12,000 copies of the book are set to be given directly to children in other poor and disadvantaged communities all over the country in the coming weeks, just in time for Christmas.
On behalf of BenCab, all the children, and all the partners that we work with, thank you to all of you for your continuing and strong support! These would not have been possible without you!
A peek at some of the pages inside the book
A peek at some of the pages inside the book
Books for Helping Land in Tondo, Manila
Books for Helping Land in Tondo, Manila
The children having fun with BenCab
The children having fun with BenCab's book!
A future artist!
A future artist!
The children and their works.
The children and their works.

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Aug 15, 2016

CEBUANO KIDS TO INANG KALIKASAN'S (MOTHER NATURE'S) RESCUE!

Hi!

Below is a report from the Pandoo Foundation, one of CANVAS' partners in the field who, last February, helped to distribute copies of "Inang Kalikasan's Bad Hair Day"!

These books are among the thousands of copies - more than 100,000 now! - that were made possible by your continued generosity and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

You can read the story, and view the artworks for "Inang Kalikasan's Bad Hair Day, by clicking here.

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Last February 10, 2016, the Pandoo Foundation team went to Umapad Elementary School in Mandaue City, Cebu to ask three Grade 5 classes to help solve Inang Kalikasan’s (Mother Nature's) problem. Through a felt board-inspired storytelling technique, Teacher Mel and Kuya Paolo told the story of “Inang Kalikasan’s Bad Hair Day”, an original children's story from the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS).

For this book giving and storytelling activity, we focused on the theme “the process of problem solving”. With each new page, the children learned about Inang Kalikasan’s problem and the different solutions that were offered to solve it. Our storytellers kept the students engaged by asking questions and involving them in finding a solution for Inang Kalikasan’s problem.  

After the storytelling, Teacher Gen and Teacher Julia, as well as our volunteer Stephanie, asked the students some questions that 1.) checked their comprehension of the story, 2.) stimulated their imagination, and 3.) encouraged them to express their opinions. After the question and answer portion, we did an activity called “Problem Solving with Images”.

We asked students to pick an image or scenario, which they then showed or read to the whole class. We also asked different students to roll a dice. The number displayed on the dice was the number of solutions that the class needed to come up with in order to solve the chosen problem. The students were hesitant to participate at first. But encouraging them, they started speaking up and offering different solutions to the problems presented.  

At the end of the activity, we revealed to the students that we were giving them their very own copy of the book “Inang Kalikasan’s Bad Hair Day”. In all three classes, the children were happy to hear the news. They became even more excited when we encouraged them to write their names on the space provided in the book.

It was such a heartwarming sight to witness!   We gave away a total of 175 books to Grade 5 students. However, they weren’t the only ones who received a book that day. We also gave five teachers a copy of the book which they can share to the whole class.  


Teacher Kit prepared a lesson plan for the story: a set of comprehension questions, and a Word Search/Fill In The Blanks activity sheet. We hope that by providing the teachers these resources, they can make the most of the book.  

Imagine what we can do to solve the problem of functional illiteracy if we just spend enough resources on teacher training, quality teaching material, as well as quality and age-appropriate books. A better world is in store for us all if we establish in children a love of learning, strong communication skills, critical thinking, and creativity. Pandoo Foundation is happy to have participated in CANVAS’ One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children Campaign!

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