Street Arts at Molo: Youth’s inspiration of hope
Walking along MH Del Pilar Street at Molo, something caught my attention. It was there long ago and I may have seen it many times on my way to work – colorful street art done by students of Iloilo City National High School with themes of avoiding drugs, studying well and loving our country. It was a usual mural you would see in any public school in our province, but what moved me is my reaction – it was surprise and amazement at something I have seen and ignored many times and not understanding what they really mean.
I took these pictures and viewed them in my computer – I stared at them long enough to see what the students meant. It may be simple message of doing well by avoiding illegal drugs and helping others overcome their addiction. But what they meant something else too – they believe cooperation, unity, and good governance are the key to our city’s development and achieving our goals. If young people (deemed incapable of voting wisely) can see this, why adults seem to forget such obvious answers? I have said many times, and one of the main reasons for this blog’s existence, is my belief that Iloilo has a great potential that is yet to be realized. And seeing these murals validated that belief and faith.
Have you ever joined drawing contests when you were student? Or ever saw their entries (especially those of kindergarten pupils)? The pieces are not just nice to look at, they’re very good materials to reflect on. Nothing is more truthful when you see it the way young minds saw it. Allowed to express without the borders we adults usually impose on ourselves, the youth can imagine far greater than we adults can do. Which make me think, can we have children for politicians? Just kidding. We can have them as our consultants then; we really need their out-of-the-box thinking in solving most of the problems in our city (electric and water utilities should read this). Going back, I would say we have to go back to that unbridled creativity and imagination to bring back the “la belleza y la gloria de la ciudad de Iloilo”.
So let’s put them together: COOPERATION, UNITY and GOOD GOVERNANCE plus UNHINDERED CREATIVITY and IMAGINATION on each of us can make Iloilo great again. It’s really surprising what we can derive from things we usually ignore.
Pay them a visit:
Iloilo City National High School is located at Molo District, few blocks away from St. Anne Parish (Molo Church). If you’re coming from the city proper, you may ride a jeep going to Villa or Mandurriao-Hibao-an and drop off at Iloilo City Community College.Iloilo City, Metro Iloilo - Guimaras, Molo