Planting Resilience

Planting Resilience
Environmental Health
The Philippines
Using participatory art and experiential pedagogy to teach community resilience and disaster management

Balayan, a team of environmentalists from La Salle University, brings together youth, local government, and a local environmental organization, Balaring Mangrove Planters Association. This project addresses a variety of marine health topics from mangrove reforestation and clean energy to natural disasters and communal strength to rebuild.

Planting Resilience is an interactive performance and workshop series that builds and engages community around environmental health issues most relevant to each target community. Working with elements of performance, storytelling, and dance, participants are guided to co-develop skits inspired by the educational material presented. Aside from expressing their personal experiences of natural disasters, participants are given training toolkits teaching them how to respond to the four most common natural disasters in the Philippines: flood, earthquake, fire, and typhoons. Other workshops in the series focus on disaster risk and reduction management (DRRM) terminology, hazard mapping, and co-created disaster planning approaches and recommendations.

Participating Artists 

Jhun Ivor Jimera, Minmin Ponteras


To continue DRRM education using collaborative art approaches, Balayan plans to refine the workshop modules so they can be shared and replicated in other communities. Partnerships with Negros Museum, Maskara Theatre Ensemble, and local government units will continue to be fostered, with the intention to solidify and sustain the direct benefits of Planting Resilience.

More Community Projects from Philippines 2015

Suyac Advocates
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Binhi Creatives
Revealing health issues in coastal communities through a music video and live performances
Institute for Negros Development
Collaborating with local ceramic artists to create hygienic kitchen facilities for rural schools