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Rising From The Ashes of Marawi
Salika Maguindanao and mother evacuated Marawi City at the onset of fighting between the Philippine army and Isis-inspired insurgents. A family of Moro weavers, Salika, and mother was commissioned by The Hinabi Project to weave a panel for the exhibit in San Francisco that was to launch on September 18, 2017. Salika's family bundled their weaves and tried to resettle in nearby Iligan City, amongst the other evacuees. Completing the work was in jeopardy. The conditions in the evacuation center, aside from the trauma of war, was far from ideal. There was hardly enough space to string their loom; ventilation was inadequate; and quiet, a difficulty. The family persevered, committed to their obligations and was able to deliver the work, hand-delivered to Manila for airfreight to San Francisco just time for the exhibit opening. Salika and husband were able to travel to San Francisco as part of the International Dayaw troupe of indigenous dancers and musicians sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and Arts. They experienced the excitement of seeing their work displayed at the Historic Mills Building art gallery on Montgomery Street and enjoyed some sales from their weaves. Upon their return, they chose to remain in Iligan. Marawi was in ruins. Salika applied for a grant to start a business and continue their weaving. With the P100,000 pesos they received, they are now able to purchase supplies and fulfill work orders.
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