LA TRINIDAD, Philippines—Tourists often visit the town of La Trinidad in Benguet to see the strawberry and flower farms and buy fresh vegetables. But now, there is another reason to make the trip from Baguio City.
On June 23, the STOBOSA Hillside Homes Artwork was unveiled. It is the first and largest community artwork in the Philippines. The project is a component of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region’s Rev-Bloom (Rev-Up, Revive, Revisit, Revitalize) Urban Redevelopment Tourism project supported by Davies Paints.
STOBOSA stands for Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap—the three sitios on which the artwork now stands.
STOBOSA plan Davies Paints/Clinton Aniversario
“More than the mural, more than the beautification, you will see the community has bonded together to spruce up their areas,” DOT-Cordillera Regional Director Venus Tan said.
Johnlee Garcia, president of Davies Paints, said, “Davies has always been passionate about finding ways to help improve communities in whatever way we can and this project is a great opportunity to create a big impact in the area. We have a long history of engaging in CSR programs and beautification efforts in the country; we’re proud to be a major part of this project and we plan to continue these efforts in the future.”
|Davies Paints team Davies Paints/Clinton Aniversario|
The STOBOSA community has pledged to make the project sustainable by touching up the artwork as necessary. Working together has also inspired representatives of the households—mostly women—to undertake other efforts to beautify their area by keeping it clean and infusing life by planting greens.
After their collective effort, the area is now a burst of vibrant colors—a welcoming sight as you enter the town. So the next time you go up North, get your cameras ready. The community artwork will be visible on your right after you cross the La Trinidad arch from Baguio City.
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