DLSZ Launches I ♥ Dolphins Exhibit

In De La Salle Santiago Zobel, love is definitely not only in the air but also in the sea. This season of love, we share our care for our marine-life friends.

Last February 14, 2011, the “I ♥ Dolphins Exhibit” was opened with its featured artist, AG Saño at the CPA Mezzanine.

In his welcoming remarks, Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, DLSZ’s President hoped that we become more aware of God’s other creations and their needs by deepening our love for them.

Ms. Leilani Maderazo, Cultural Affairs Office Head gave her Remarks of Circumstance, uttering the main purpose of this exhibit. She explained that the I ♥ Dolphins Exhibit is part of the Marine Life Protection program and also a kick-off to DLSZ’s Advocacy week which is spearheaded by the Social Action Office (SAO).          

“Ikaw at ako, bahagi ng lahat“, enlightening words from the late Br. Ceci Hojilla FSC quoted by Mr. Jun Elloso of SAO, further stressed the advocacy on marine life protection when he introduced AG Saño.

Why dolphins? AG Saño expressed in his message what motivated him. Apart from being inspired by the award-winning documentary film, The Cove, AG witnessed during his many travels around the country how humans can be brutal not only to the dolphins but to other sea creatures as well.  He decided to make an advocacy to stop these abuses.

“Dolphins don’t know any language. They do not know how to speak in English and how to express their feelings. But we, humans have a heart and a voice to speak for them,” explained AG Saño. He believes that it is God’s intention that he advocate the dolphins’ freedom. He is making his voice heard by those who cannot hear the cry of the dolphins. “If we say no to them, it is like we are saying no to life and to the next generation.”

After his rousing speech, AG was joined by Br. Dennis and Br. Lazaro Rodriguez, DLSZ Animator for Sports, for the ribbon cutting to formally open the exhibit.

The exhibit showcased  some of AG’s actual murals and  several photographs of his murals done in different areas in Katipunan, Antipolo, Bacolod City, Negros, Fort Bonifacio and other places in the Philippines. His photography on marine-life which he shot in Tawi-Tawi, Calayan Island, Babuyan Island, and Mindoro Occidental was also displayed.

As guests enjoyed viewing AG Saño’s artworks, they were also encouraged to color printed copies of AG’s “Dolphins ♥ Freedom” sketch and to write their own commitments to the advocacy, as well. Their works were later posted on a wood panel at the entrance of the exhibit hall.

Anna Oposa, an alumna of Batch 2006, sang at the finale “Colors of the Wind” from the Walt Disney movie, Pocahontas.  The song lines “We are all connected to each other,  In a circle, in a hoop that never ends”, aptly captured what the exhibit was all about and why we, as stewards of the earth, should protect the creatures that God has entrusted to our care.

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