CARRYING various cans of paint, sets of industrial paint rollers and brushes, and two stack ladders, the MINT mural team is back to paint a “feast” rich in color at a free space by the entrance of Venice Grand Canal mall’s food court. Earlier this year, the crew also did a coffee-inspired mural located near Fully Booked and Penshoppe. It contained the catchphrase, “Life Begins at Coffee.”
The team was handpicked by MINT MMA Program Head Lizza Gutierrez and is headed by MINT’s resident calligrapher, Senior High MMA student Louise Anog. Other members of the creative team are Alexa Puyat, Mygel Edoloverio, Andy Dimagmaliw, Yanna Packing, Geri Lingad, and Charlie Parena.
The project is under the MINT College-Megaworld Corporation partnership, and is sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.
Alexa Puyat, the main designer of the mural, shared that she was inspired by the idea of a busy table--with a variety of food, representing each of the different stalls and restaurants found inside.
“I want to show the variety that the food court offers by portraying a group of people together on a table, having different kinds of food served to them, and at the same time, to show that food brings people together for a bonding experience,” she explained.
Team leader Louise added that the quote, ‘Food is the ingredient that binds us together,’ was “to remind people of the good times spent on a table, eating your favorite food.”
The team worked during their free time and in between classes.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the mural group. They encountered a few challenges along the way: missing equipment, not having enough paint of a certain color--to name a few--but they were able to work through it all.
“It does get physically exhausting at the end of [the] day, but it’s very much worth it to be able to see the mural complete,” Yanna said.
In the true spirit of MINT community and collaboration, several MINT students dropped by the food court and volunteered to help. For Geri, she was thankful for those students, saying, “working with friends made the job so much easier.”
For these students, opportunities like these help them gain confidence to work on real life projects. As they come close to completing the mural, they shared that this project has taught them patience, perseverance, teamwork, and cooperation.
“We’re doing what we love, and our school is so great for giving us opportunities like these that fully align with what we want to do in the future,” Geri added. W
You may visit the two murals made by MINT students: “Life Begins at Coffee” (near Fully Booked and Penshoppe) and “Food is the Ingredient that Binds Us Together” (in the Foodcourt) at the Venice Grand Canal and Piazza mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
ZOE MONTEVERDE is an aspiring multimedia artist. When she is not working on her arts, she is honing her chopstick skills by eating instant noodles.
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