Sex and Spirituality: Using art and contraceptives to teach sexual health

Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by in Condoms, Contraception, reproductive health, RH in the Philippines, Safe (Sensible) Sex, SASSy contests, SASsy Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ms. Anna R. Oposa
Project Manager
ART-H Mandala Contest
+63917-851-0209
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SEX AND SPIRITUALITY:
USING ART AND CONTRACEPTIVES TO TEACH SEXUAL HEALTH

(Quezon City, Philippines—December 14, 2011) Sex and Sensibilities (SAS), in partnership with DKT Reproductive Health (Frenzy Condoms and Filipinay), held a mandala art making contest using contraceptives at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Over fifty (50) students attended the ART-H Primer, a sexual health workshop and mandala making orientation, in Palma Hall. The participants then created mandalas using Frenzy condoms and birth control pills provided by DKT-Reproductive Health.

UP students at work

Utilizing the power of social media, the students’ designs and messages on key topics such as reproductive health and informed choice went viral on Facebook and Twitter. The project stimulated a lively discussion among the social networks. The use of contraceptives as art to communicate pressing issues also received a positive response from the public.

The UP Samahan sa Agham Pampulitika landed in 3rd place and received P10,000 in cash prize for their work entitled, “Beyond pills and condoms: EQUALITY and UNDERSTANDING.” The UP Artists’ Circle Sorority placed second and received P12,000 for their mandala called, “Give life without losing yours.” The grand prize was awarded to the UP Visual Communication students from the College of Fine Arts. Their artwork received P15,000, and an additional P2,000 from the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines for the best tagline, “Safety in Diversity.”

“Safety in Diversity” by the UP Visual Communication Students

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for both “circle” and “center.” Mandalas are reflections of the spiritual self because they offer a unique and powerful way to self-discovery and healing through the use of imagery, symbolism, color and balance.

This project was supported by the UP-Diliman based network, RH AGENDA (Reproductive Health and Gender Advocates Movement) and sponsored by DKT Reproductive Health, manufacturer of Frenzy condoms and Filipinay line of contraceptive pills.

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