Children with special needs exhibit artworks in Baguio

Baguio City Councilor Arthur Allad-iw shows some of the artworks of Children with Autism and learning disabilities. Photo by Aldwin Quitasol

BAGUIO CITY — Students of the St. John Paul II Learning Center, Inc. are showcasing their paintings and art media through an exhibit that opened on 23 January at SM Baguio City.

The exhibit called “Beyond the Spectrum” offers viewers the experience of seeing the imaginative world of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability.

In partnership, and at the same time sponsorship of SM City Baguio and with the support of the Baguio City Government, the children display their artworks on canvas, highlighting their abilities to translate their particular views of the world into their own art pieces. Some of the artists even use indigenous and natural materials like seeds in their artworks.

“People living in the spectrum may have difficulties with language or social skills and exhibit limited and repetitive patterns of behavior, but they tend to find it more natural to express themselves without words in the form of art,” said St. John Paul Learning Center.

Baguio City Councilor Arthur Allad-iw said the exhibit is meant to deliver the message that despite certain disabilities or limitations, people on the autism spectrum can inspire other people.

The exhibit is at Level 2, Sunset Terraces of SM City Baguio. It will run from 23 January to 28 February.

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