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The magical miniature trees of Mabua, Surigao City

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing

Whoever thought one can find arresting folk art in a humble sari-sari store in a fishing village of Mabua, Surigao City. But one can and maybe this is the, magic itself-humble people turn very creative.

Though the barangay (village) is a known visitors destination because of its unique beach front of large egg-shape stones, Jingly Matin-aw, the lady store owner  displays pieces of colorful miniature trees worthy to be seen and appreciated.

These works, I call MMT are smaller than a Bonsai but attractive all its own and made of beads and gold wire standing on cement with a few tiny colored pebbles.

The artistic pieces are done by Jingly’s son, who as she claims has done wrong before and dearly paid for it in a rehabilitation center in General Santos City, and now has been trained and transformed into an artist.

“His works makes me proud, so I displayed them and it helps the family income too,” she informs.

Her husband thanked me and echoed the same economic angle but I assured him the artworks are beautiful they will definitely attract art enthusiasts into quality folk art expressions.

Now, in our retreat’s house, I have three pieces of MMT in the book shelf.

Photos Maricar S Cabaitan

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