Have you heard of Danjugan Island?
A project of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc., this island is a marine reserve in Negros that is home to an array of beautiful marine and terrestrial creatures. The 1.5 kilometer-long island currently serves as an outdoor classroom, a research area, as well as a haven for tourists and students alike. The foundation’s goal is to educate people on conservation works through marine camps for adults and kids, yoga retreats, and art residencies.
To celebrate the nesting and hatching of sea turtles, Hey Kessy collaborated with artists from Negros and Manila—Kaila Ledesma (marine biologist/jewelry designer), Gringo Benedicto (visual artist), Iya Regalario (visual artist), and Mansy Abesamis (crafter/papercut artist)—to produce a special edition washi tape design inspired by the island. The four artists actually have long-standing ties to the island. Kaila is from the group that helped restore it, while the other three artists were part of the very first Danjugan Art Residency back in December 2015.
The Hey Kessy x Danjugan washi tape was launched at the 31st Negros Trade Fair in Glorietta. For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will go to the conservation efforts of the island. (You can buy the washi tape online or at our shop in UP Town Center.)
Other brands from Negros joined and sold different products—giving people from the city a chance to get to know its unique culture, wares, and delicacies.
Aside from the fair, other Danjugan artists (Jeyvi, Celine, Gio, and Jaya) performed and had a talk on biodiversity. Ginoe Ojoy, another Bacolod artist, also designed a coloring wall for Danjugan which people got to paint.
For more details about how you can help Danjugan Island, visit their official site.
Photos courtesy of Danjugan Island, Mansy Abesamis, Dave Albao, Iya Regalario, Gerry Ledesma, Jeyvi Castillo, Chesca Opoc