Flowers hold a meaning, a statement, each flower holding a different array of emotions. Powerful emotions can be conveyed through a single act of showing or bestowing a flower to change the course of one’s life.

Yesterday, on May 11, 2017, I was reminded even more on how powerful and amazing flowers can be to uplift not just women, but people. Held at the QCX Museum Event Center was the launching of Project Ganda, a project for everyone to be able to contribute and even change the lives of people through just a single beautiful piece of art.

Often times, it takes just one soft reminder, a single message or a beautiful piece of art to remind someone that they are special. This is what Quezon City Ladies Foundation had in mind when they came up with a mural making project called ‘PROJECT GANDA’.

“We were initially thinking of a beautification project for Quezon City. It is something that can remind the residents and visitors of what ladies stand for. We wanted a big, beautiful statement for women. So we thought why not create a mural that we can donate to charities and organizations or even spread around Quezon City to help remind ladies that they are and will always be beautiful. What initially was a beautification project, became something even greater,” said Ms. Harlene Bautista Tejedor, President of QC Ladies Foundation.

For this year QC Ladies chose the flower as a tribute to women. Each color represents a role that women play in the society or even an issue that ladies usually encounter. Red is offered to policewomen and firewomen. Purple is offered as a tribute to rape survivors, to remind them how strong and beautiful they are. According to Ms. Tejedor, they would want to paint as many colors of flowers as possible and donate these murals to organizations and charities who would find inspiration in looking at this thing of beauty. This however would only be possible if they gather enough volunteers to paint the murals, gather enough sponsors to help the ladies produce more art.

Last March 11, 2017, the board members and district officers of QC Ladies gathered together to launch their first ever mural under Project Ganda. Invited guest speakers include lady advocates. One of which is Ms. Antoinette Taus, a celebrity and empowered philanthropist, an ambassadress of UNICEF in the Philippines, who also have founded an organization that’s promoting sustainable projects, Cora Cares. Also part of the inspirational speaker line up is Ms. Toinkee Tomen, who is pioneering the fight for rights of little people in the country. “There are the kinds of women that we want to have in the society. Strong and confident, This is why we’re doing these murals. To hopefully strengthen beautiful souls through simple mural reminders,” says Ms. Tejedor. The event was also made to officially announce a call for volunteers and sponsors to make to make PROJECT GANDA a real success.


For more inquiries on how to partner with the organization, you may contact 02-4345399 or follow them on facebook Quezon City Ladies Foundation Inc.