Sulong Likha

Sulong Likha

Sulong Likha is a Baguio-based collective of visual artists that envisions genuine social transformation through the use of art as a medium of progressive expression.

Sulong Likha is a Baguio-based collective of visual artists that envisions genuine social transformation through the use of art as a medium of progressive expression.

Some events they organized include Paki Niyo Sa El Niño (2016): a fundraising event for farmers and victims of the Kidapawan Massacre, BLTX Baguio IV (2017): an independent publishing and small press expo, Bálìw (2019): an exhibition showcasing traditional, conceptual, and multimedia pieces that explored themes of change and violence in contemporary Philippine politics, and in 2020 an online exhibit and fundraising campaign to aid frontline workers, farmers, and urban poor communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In earlier Baguio Creative City Festivals, Sulong Likha’s works included the installation Ano Bato (2019), where a rock is roped, knotted, and precariously suspended in the middle of an empty room with images of farmers, workers, mothers, IP’s and students – representing various sectors of Philippine society, and Banwar ti Umili “The People’s Heroes” (2020) a lightbox installation recreating the Anti-Chico Dam Heroes Monument in Kalinga, which at the time was under threat of being dismantled by the Philippine National Police.

Sulong Likha also makes murals for mass mobilizations, events, and commemorations that aim to advance social change for the masses.

For Human Rights Day 2020, they constructed the effigy “‘Pag umaklas ang masa, babagsak ang pasista” in collaboration with UGATLahi Artist Collective and Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera. The effigy depicted President Rodrigo Duterte sitting on a throne of bullets on top of a mural of political prisoners. The throne is collapsible and the mural unfolds into an image of the masses breaking free.

Sulong Likha’s artworks interpreting songs from the album “Elalay” by CHICO are also featured in the children’s coloring book Naranyag a Masakbayan (2021) Published by DKK and Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network (AYIPN).

Sulong Likha has also conducted various workshops in stenciling, printmaking, sticker making, zine-making, and other artforms.