Manāra, an interactive art installation inspired by the culture of Muslim Mindanao, opens at Abreeza Mall

  BY Ayala Foundation       August 09, 2017       INTERACTIVE ART, LIL MANAHAN, MANARAATAYALA, Moro art, TOYM IMAO

Ayala Foundation, in partnership with Ayala Malls, is proud to announce the opening of Manāra, an interactive art installation inspired by the culture of Muslim Mindanao, on August 8, at Abreeza Mall, Davao City.


The program performers with one of the artists, Toym Imao. Image courtesy of Abreeza Davao.


Manāra—the Arabic word for “minaret”—is the result of the creative collaboration between internationally acclaimed sculptor and painter Toym Imao and industrial designer and installation artist Lilianna Manahan.


“Metaphorically, we all transform into the Manāra and our call to prayer is peace.”- Toym Imao


Featuring 23 minarets and lanterns, the Manāra interactive art installation features Moro textiles, wood and metal work, music, and indigenous patterns. Manāra was first exhibited at the Ayala Museum Plaza on May 3 to June 9.


Ayala Foundation, CFO, Aldy Katigbak welcomes the guests in Davao and invites everyone to experience the Manara interactive installation. 


Traditionally, minarets served as lighthouses, providing light to people and vessels that needed to find their way. Minarets, which are also important architectural features of mosques, are also where calls to prayer are made.

Similarly, the Manāra art installation hopes to shed light on the richness and diversity of Moro culture, and in the process inspire a deeper understanding of Muslim Filipinos. At the same time, the interactive art installation serves as a call for peace and unity—for Filipinos, even though they come from diverse backgrounds, to become more open to dialogue and cooperation.

“The spirit of collaboration, mutual respect, and creativity shown in Manāra is the exact same spirit that we live by at Ayala Foundation,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “Through our various initiatives in education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and arts and culture, we make sure that we are aligned with the needs of our stakeholders, and focus on programs that make an impact in the lives of the people we serve, which include our conglomerate, our communities, and the rest of the country.”


The launch of Manāra in Davao coincides with the Kadayawan Festival, which celebrates the interaction of diverse cultures.

Manāra will travel to Cebu City in September.