May 22, 2024

Upcycling enthusiasts Art Tibaldo, Dulthe Carlo Munar, Aurelio Castro III and Brenda Subido-Dacpano joined hands to promote upcycling.

Upcycling is the process of making discarded materials, paper, wood or plastic, broken ceramic, and scrap metals into something of value. It is artwork using much of one’s creativity and imagination.

National artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik described it as using your “sarilingdwende” within.

These geniuses mentored students of the Baguio City National High School to create metal art that were amazing. The works of mentors and students are now exhibited at the Baguio Museum. It started on Sept. 2 and will be until the end of the month.

The “Trash to Treasures Creative Upcycling Exhibit” is sponsored by the Cordillera News Agency and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts at the Baguio Museum.

Upcycling is a powerful tool that promotes awareness and the utilization of discarded materials. With creativity, imagination and innovation, these cast-off materials are turned into beautiful products and works of art that help the environment.

Trash is lessened or converted back to nature. An example would be scrap wood made into bird houses or cockoo clocks. Discarded wood can give sanctuary to birds when they become bird houses. These new products can be sold as they escalate in value.  

Upcycling can be a good hobby for the young and the old. It reduces clutter, promotes conservation, repurposes items and encourages creativity and inventiveness.

This do-it-yourself (DIY) concept could be a good and valuable project for non-government organizations as they encourage livelihood. This can even encourage “lets buy local” toys. The toys of yesteryears were toothbrushes that can magically turn into dolls or cans that can convert into telephones

Tibaldo himself owns the Media Newseum, where he collects old gadgets used for information and photography. 

Munar creates beautiful “automaton” pieces.

According to Google, automatons are self-propelled computing devices which follows a predetermined sequence of operations automatically, sometimes magical to behold. (Photos by the Philippine Information Agency and Art Tibaldo) — Stella Maria L. de Guia