The Living Tradition Showcase @ The Mayflower Inn


The Living Tradition Showcase

What are these amateur
and crude looking projects
doing at the lobby?

at The Mayflower Inn,
we celebrate a monthly theme
that could vary from environmental
to political, social,
religious and cultural themes.
We have designated areas
around the hotel
that our staff decorate
according to the set theme.

This is how it works:
• They are given a set amount
(approximately $7)
to be spent for art materials
and they have to come up with the best design.
They are encouraged to use natural materials
such as leaves, twigs, fiber,
and others combined with reused, recycled,
salvaged, mixed media materials.
• They meet and brainstorm
as to how they could best interpret the theme
and budget the money provided for the materials
needed to materialize their project idea.
• There are two important criteria:
their project must be innovative
(must show guests/ our public
ways of doing things differently)
and it must create a festive mood.

This monthly showcase
is our way of promoting our local traditions
and at the same time engaging
and challenging our staff’s team spirit,
creativity and resourcefulness.

Our wonderful staff
hails from different regions
of the Philippine archipelago.
They bring with them
different handicraft skills
like weaving, floral design and arrangement,
puppet and toy making,
which they use
to creatively interpret our monthly themes.

We at The Mayflower Inn,
through our Monthly Living Traditions Showcase,
endeavor to promote
innovative methods
of maintaining continuity
in the transmission of Philippine folk culture.


World Folk Art Collection @ The Mayflower Inn


World Folk Art Collection

(a.k.a. Outsider Art,
Self-Taught Art
and Naïve art)
is art
produced by common folks,
peasants, or indigenous people.
It is characterized by a naive style,
in which traditional rules of proportion
and perspective are not employed.

In our travels,
we have explored villages
and marketplaces
to find that ‘little something’
to take back with us
that will remind us of the local culture.

Some of these pieces
were also given as gifts from friends and guests.

Our collection of World Folk Art,
collected through many generations,
includes papier- mâché masks from Paete,
baldosas decorativas from Ecuador,
Talavera Suns from Mexico,
miniature pyramids from Egypt,
a Matatu wooden sculpture from Kenya,
Topengs (masks) fromIndonesia,
an arpillera from Peru,
Matryoshka(nesting dolls)from Russia.

At The Mayflower Inn,
our goal
is to give our guests the chance
to experience the purity
and sincerity of folk art.

Folk art
is a mere reflection of the lives
and spirits of the ordinary people
across different cultures.
And even when the materials,
colors and designs of the pieces may vary,
they still speak of the same themes.
Because in the heart of all cultures,
the human spirit craves the same thing:
a simple, productive and happy life .

Folk Art
is a medium by which local cultures
and traditions are passed on to the younger generation.
Through the craft process and the themes portrayed,
a great sense of pride
and dignity as a people is inculcated
in the younger members of society.

If folk art is successfully passed on
to the younger generation,
they will be able to preserve their cultural identity
and will then become ambassadors
and guardians of their cultural heritage.

To our local guests,
next time you travel,
patronize the art
made by indigenous Filipino tribes.

To our foreign guests,
we welcome
any folk art from your country
to add to our collection,
so you too
can share
a piece of your culture.

The Paulina Constancia “BLOOMerang” Collection @ The Mayflower Inn

The Paulina Constancia “BLOOMerang” Collection

In line with promoting our cultural heritage,
we at Mayflower
are proud to showcase the “BLOOMerang” Collection(replica)
of Filipino-Canadian artist Paulina Constancia.

It is our hope
that these images
will help make you feel
the sincerity and warmth
of our Bisdak (authentic Cebuano)

Whether you are briefly passing through
or staying for a longer period,
we wish you a pleasant stay
and may you ever bloom
where you are planted!

About the Collection:
The “BLOOMerang” Collection
came about as Paulina experimented
with origami paper, tissue, stickers,
and scrapbook add-ons.
All come together
on 6 x 6 mini canvas boards
with the help of the friendly modge podge glue.

These pieces were made
while Paulina was living in wintry Canada.
She said,
“creating art daily has helped keep my spirit sunny.
This collection has given my inner spirit
an opportunity to bloom and dance .
It is my hope
that you will feel some sunshine
and calm in the pieces.”

About the Artist:
Paulina Constancia,
is an artist, bilingual writer,
and blogger
with a penchant for experimentation.

Her creative spirit delights
in painting with acrylics as it does with words.
She has trained in the fields
of Fashion Design, Communications, Sculpture,
Crafts, Spanish Language & Culture
in the following institutions:
El Camino College and the Academy of Art University,
both in California;
the Insituto Allende & Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes-
both in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,
and the University of Calgary, Canada .

She has exhibited her art and poetry in the Philippines,
the Netherlands, Mexico
and in various cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Paulina’s artworks
are part of distinguished
private and institutional collections
such as: schools, children’s hospitals,
orphanages, health facilities, convents,
and community centres
in the Philippines and abroad.

With this collection,
Paulina reminds us,
“Bloom where you’re planted!”

To know more about the artist
please visit her website and blogs:

World Folk Instrument Collection @ The Mayflower Inn


World Folk Instrument Collection

Too many native instruments?
Too ethnic?
Too primitive?
these folk instruments
are primitive and ethnic,
and we are proud to share them with you.

is a folk instrument?
It is an instrument that developed
among common people
and usually doesn’t have a known inventor.
It can be made from wood, metal or other material.
It is a part of folk music.

History of Philippine Folk Instruments
Historical accounts cite
that when the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines,
there were various kinds of indigenous instruments
made of bronze, bamboo and wood.
These included gongs, drums, flutes,
zithers, lutes, clappers and buzzers.

During Spanish colonial times
in the Philippines,
Filipinos were introduced to the ‘rondalla’
(comes from the word ‘ronda’
which means ‘serenade’ in Spanish).
It is an ensemble of stringed instruments
played with the plectrum or pick.
(a.k.a. plectrum instruments).

Through the rondalla,
Filipinos learned to play the guitar,
bandurria, laúd, octavina,
double bass and bass guitar.

The Americans came in 1898
and since then the Philippine musical culture
has been dominated by American popular music
–from Ballads,Broadway, RocknRoll
to Disco,Rap,Hip-Hop,etc.
American pop music
has such a profound effect
on diverse musical traditions
to the extent of causing
their near extinction,
resulting in a ‘global music monoculture’.

Through The Mayflower Inn’s
World Folk Instrument Collection,
we endeavor to educate our guests
about the value
of preserving one’s unique cultural heritage.

Music is one of the major
means of expressing diversity.
Imagine a world
where all we hear
are the sounds
of the electric guitar
and snare drums?

We don’t want that to happen.
Thus, we would like to share with you
our wide collection of instruments
from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas
so you may see them up close
and develop an affinity towards
these humble ambassadors of culture.

With this collection,
you can travel around the world with us,
no visa required.
Appreciate and patronize indigenous music.
Remember —
that if species
become endangered and extinct,
so do cultures.
Let us honor our ancestors
by uniting
for a culturally diverse world!

La Pared de Las Cruces @ The Mayflower Inn


La Pared de las Cruces
The Wall of Crosses

Why so many crosses?
Is this a church?
A convent?

Talk to Magellan.
Ferdinand Magellan
was a Spanish-funded Portuguese explorer
who led the first expedition
to sail from the Atlantic Ocean
into the Pacific Ocean.

In April 1521,
Magellan landed on the island of Cebu
with his crew
and befriended our local chief-
Rajah Humabon.

Soon after,
Magellan baptized the chief,
his wife (baptized Juana)
and hundreds of native warriors
to the Catholic faith.
Magellan planted
a large cross
on the island
to commemorate this momentous event .

Prior to Magellan’s arrival,
the inhabitants of Cebu
were predominantly Muslim.
The original cross
is reputedly encased in Tindalo wood
and housed in the Magellan’s Cross Kiosk
located along Magallanes Street
(named in honor of Magellan)
across the Cebu City Hall.

This wall of crosses
is our little tribute to Magellan
and the arrival of the Catholic faith
on our shores.
The crosses you find here are from Europe,
The Americas and Asia.

In a way, we are chronicling
by means of crosses,
the spread of the Catholic faith
across the world
which was largely made possible
by the Spanish Colonization
of the New World.

In Cebu’s case,
it all started with Magellan.

At The Mayflower Inn,
we welcome and respect people
of different faiths and backgrounds.
However, we also take pride
in our Catholic faith and traditions.
This is part of who we are
as a people.

Please respect us,
as we respect you.
Thank you.

Gracias, Magellan!