Project Kagubatan: Young Filipino Artists and WWF Philippines Teams Up to Reforest Ipo Watershed

Art For a Cause!

November 4, 2021 – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines together with young Filipino artists for “Project Kagubatan,” will launched their planned online art and technology exhibit and educational webinar series to promote the WWF-Philippines’ water conservation and reforestation activities in the Ipo Watershed.

Project Kagubatan is a collaboration between nine Filipino young artists working in various mediums of arts and will debut on November 10, 2021. The showcase works that depict forest landscapes, indigenous flora and fauna, and people who rely on the forests. As well as an ongoing art educational webinar series dubbed “Art for Conservation Conversation”.

Photo WWF- Philippines | Ipo Watershed

“The aim of ‘Project: KAGUBATAN’ is to use the power of art to make an impact for our watersheds and forests in the Philippines,” organizer Gab Mejia, National Geographic Explorer and WWF Philippines National Youth Council (NYC) Member, said.

Most Filipinos may not realize it but the things we take for granted such as clean water, clean air, food, livelihood. All come from the forests. They provide plenty and significant benefits in many aspects of our lives. 

And through this virtual forest exhibit and educational webinar series. The WWF hopes that everyone can embark on a journey of curiosity and artistry, to drive positive impact for nature and culture and to create a movement for the  betterment of the environment.

The following are the artists who among participated on the said exhibit for Project Kagubatan:

  • Issa Barte – Illustrator and Visual Artist; founder of For The Future 
  • Javi Cang – Nature and Travel Photographer
  • Sara Erasmo – Still Life Photographer and Multimedia Artist
  • Chesleigh Nofiel (Alagá at Sining) – Painter and Naturalist
  • Gab Mejia – Conservation Photographer and Environmental Storyteller
  • Angelo Mendoza – Travel Photographer and Filmmaker
  • Kara Pangilinan – Visual Artist and Muralist
  • Ivan Torres – Filmmaker and Nature and Travel Photographer
  • Pau Villanueva – Documentary Photographer

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Photo by WWF- Philippines | Ipo Watershed

The funds earned from the exhibit for Project Kagubatan will be donated to a reforestation project in the Ipo Watershed run by WWF-Philippines, with a goal of 1,000 seedlings. The funds will also go to the Philippine Parks and Biodiversity’s Bantay Gubat in the Ipo Watershed and Youth Engaged in Wetlands’ Bantay Danaos in the Agusan Marshlands.


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