December 10, 2013

Oruha's Mandala Art Exhibit: A Light in the Dark at SM Lanang Premier

Japanese artist Oruha showcases her very first international Mandala art exhibition at SM Lanang Premier Atrium. It holds Charity Painting sessions for the benefit of the typhoon Yolanda survivors which will be held at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:30 pm from December 9-13, 2013. A Light in the Dark exhibit presents one of a kind Mandala art pieces to the Filipino audience. 

She is from Akashi, Japan and attended Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. In 2011, she came upon Mandala art and ever since she has drawn more than 1,000 Mandala artworks and has held solo exhibits in Japan. It is her dream to have an exhibit overseas and has chosen Davao City, Philippines as her first stop. The following photos are some of her framed masterpieces.

A Light in the Dark

What is Mandala? Mandala art is from Sanskrit meaning "vessels of essence." For Oruha, it signifies the universe and the infinite existence, the earth and nature, ourselves, and together with these. It helps us to connect with our origin.

Dragon's Eyes

Dreams Come True
The Sun
Water Flow

During the Charity Painting session, Oruha gracefully interacts with her audience as she works on new Mandala art pieces.

For some reason, it was comforting while watching her paint. Every stroke of her pen, every color she chose, every detail of each and every whole pieces... everything is visually appealing.

Each of us were given one art piece to write our messages on for the typhoon-hit communities. 

These are just some of the unique art pieces she made for the day. It was difficult for me to choose because apparently everything looks beautiful. Each whole symbol has its own title written at the back.

Smile... everything will be alright. There is hope is our hearts.

 This is a collage of different Mandala art by Oruha. It has messages of hope from Japanese to Filipino people. It's called "Mandala of Hope."

During her speech, she recalled the recent earthquake in Japan. She said Filipinos were there giving them words of wisdom and hope every day and now she wants to give back the same support to the Filipino community in her own ways. 

Jonas, Oruha, Duane, and me
Come and visit Oruha's exhibit and witness her Charity Painting sessions at SM Lanang Premier Atrium. Be impressed by her Mandala art pieces and extend help for the typhoon Yolanda survivors. The event is co-organized by SM Lanang Premier, Nakashin, CCC, Sandglass Media and Carpenter Frames. Also, supported by the Japanese Consulate in Davao City.


  1. Anonymous8:27 AM

    beautiful art. and for a great cause. xoxo

  2. Lovely work. This is the first I've seen of Mandala art.


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