April 9, 2012

Holy Mosaic Mural

This large mosaic mural of Christ lying on a bed of thorns graces the wall beside the basement parking lot ramp for Alliance Française de Manille that promotes French language, culture and friendly relations with Filipinos through art and educational programs. Unfortunately, I can't tell you who the artist is.

This mural is across the street from a wall mosaic with a lighter subject I posted on this blog before.

Makati, 2008

For those of you who observe it, I hope you had a joyful Easter.

Linking with Monday Mural.


On a very different note, I am supporting a fundraising drive for a very special group of children. This is my appeal to YOU to CHIP IN to help get ONE child like Resty here to elementary school.

Meet Resty. At five years old, he must have already experienced life at its worst than most of us do. But poverty doesn't stop this amazing boy to dream big and to work for his dream to get out of Ulingan.

Resty is the youngest entrepreneur I have met in my life. He collects nails from burned wood for hours just so he will have enough money to buy himself soap and shampoo. He collects empty... cardboard boxes to help his grandparents put food on the table.

Resty, a very proud nursery graduate, is on his way on fulfilling his dream.  (~Melissa Villa founder of Project Pearls)
Ulingan (which means charcoal) is a small squatter community in Manila where many children subsist by working to make charcoal.

With your help of $5, $10, $20 or more we can raise the $200 to give ONE child in Ulingan the gift of education and make a huge difference in his or her life. Please go to the form on the top of my right side bar and securely chip in. I'm happy to answer questions or concerns. 

Project Pearls helps the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines have a better life by providing them with PEARLS: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smile.  You can read more details about the PEARLS Scholarship Program.


Oakland Daily Photo said...

This is both a beautiful and painful image. Are these flowers raining down on the figure? Thought provoking. Thank you, Francisca, for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

Dina said...

Such an unusual depiction of Jesus.
And Resty's story is very impressive.

Happy Easter Monday to you.

Linda said...

Very interesting mural...I am trying to remember which piece of art this brings to mind...but the brain is a little fuzzy this morning! Impressive youngster - Resty! He should go far in life if his ambition is not stifled!

Andy said...

Good choice for Easter weekend posting. I had no problems with Ewok's blog.

Kaori said...

A really meaningful post on Easter, Francisca! Going to see your link now :)

Evelyn said...

Hope you had a nice Easter.

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

Nice choice. I was wondering if those were roses/rose petals, but then i wondered if you have roses in the Philippines. (actually, at first I thought of strawberries, which really confused me...!)

H said...

The mural is stunning!

Resty's story is also very impressive. I am always pleased to hear of organisations which are trying to even up the odds and give opportunities to children who have had such an unfair deal in life. We support this one http://www.compassionuk.org/. I hope you get loads of support!

NixBlog said...

Great post. Beautiful mural and PEARLS sounds like a wonderful project.

Anonymous said...

Is that a painting or a tiled mural?

Sidney Snoeck another blogger is very active in PEARLS Ulingan project. I'm really considering supporting a child.

Ebie said...

Very artistically done, even the thorns, floating like, making Christ not even feeling the pain. Well done in mosaic tiles.

Will consider giving for this cause. Thank you for doing this.

RedPat said...

Most unusual image of Christ!

Vicki/Jake said...

Yes, the mural is nice but the rest of your post is wonderful! I've done what I can right now and hope others will too. I'd like to put a little snippet about your cause, and a link to you on my blog....with your permission. Let me know. This is such a great thing to do:)

Halcyon said...

I love that mural. A nice subject and pretty colors. :)

Anonymous said...

What a great initiative Project Pearls is - will be paying them a visit for sure.

Melissa Villa said...

Thank you Cisca for blogging and advocating for the children of Ulingan.

And thank you very much for all who have supported and will support Project PEARLS Scholarship Program.

Poverty doesn't have to be permanent specially for children. Education does make a huge difference and maybe their only way out of poverty.

Giving the gift of education will give our children in Ulingan a lifeline out of poverty


Melissa Villa
Founder, Project PEARLS