Nature on the walls

Artist-activist (“artivist”) AG Saño is at again. The renowned muralist and environmentalist has used his paintbrushes to send an important message about the environment, encouraging everyone to make better choices for tomorrow. 

WILDLIFE ON WALLS. Muralist and environmentalist AG Saño led a team of PLDT-Smart employee volunteers in painting over 3,000 square feet of plant species and animal life on the walls of the company’s headquarters in Makati City. The mural aims to spread awareness of environmental protection. 
Saño led the team of employee volunteers from PLDT-Smart to paint over 3,000 square feet of plant species and animal life on the walls of the digital services company’s headquarters in Makati. 

PLDT-Smart Gabay Kalikasan’s “SmART for Nature” has its general office’s Legazpi frontage, Dela Rosa walkway, and Gallardo back entrance awashed in colors, all in the name of spreading awareness and engaging the public to do something about our environment. 

The mural features animals thriving in nature wearing armors. Saño said the mural, and other murals he has created, were born after being exposed to the field research and community empowerment through environment education and arts for almost two decades.

“Having seen firsthand the degradation of different ecosystems and witnessing the rise of problems involving climate change, I’ve realized that the creatures that comprise nature have become extremely vulnerable,” Saño said in a statement. 

Hence each of the animals painted wears an armor.  

He explained, “Since their natural defense mechanisms are not enough to protect them from the dangers that humans created, the armors that cover the animals throughout the ‘SmART for Nature’ mural symbolize the need for more protection.”

The concept can also be seen in Saño’s another mural in Paseo de Roxas underpass, entitled “Art in Defense of Nature.” He has painted over 700 murals in 16 countries; his body of work showcases his passion for environmental protection. 

Representing the environmental stewardship pillar of PLDT-Smart’s newly established Sustainability Office, Gabay Kalikasan upholds the concept behind Saño’s creation and encourages the public to make better choices for tomorrow—acknowledging that better environmental practices are crucial to sustain the services that nature provides.  

The mural also features the statements #SaveOurHome, #SmartPlanet, and #SustainableEnterprise—referring to PLDT Group’s various business units.

“The impact of climate change affects everyone pervasively. This includes our safety, our health, our existence, hence the need to raise environmental awareness through the mural,” said PLDT-Smart chief sustainability officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla.

Topics: AG Saño , PLDT-Smart Gabay Kalikasan , SmART for Nature , Art in Defense of Nature , Chaye Cabal-Revilla
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