Wednesday, April 15, 2009



So, here's our version of the best one-month job in the world (assuming pay is not a factor).

We're looking for someone who can help document the building of the Philippines' Pacific Rim Friendship Park. You can learn more about the project here. And we gave our latest update on it here.

Briefly, we like to describe the activity as Survivor-Meets-Habitat-for-Humanity. The idea is to bring together architecture and art students from different parts of the world who, together with counterpart Filipino students, will design and build a Friendship Park under the artistic supervision of leading artists, architects and urban planners - all in 30 days.

Puerto Princesa City is providing the land. You can view the spectacular site they are allocating here.

Students from the US, Russia, Mexico, Japan, China and Korea will start arriving on May 2 and 3. We'll give them a tour of Manila on May 4. Then on May 5, they all fly off to Palawan to build the park. If all goes well, we will launch the park on May 30. At that time too, we will also have an outdoor banner exhibit at the new park (concept paper attached).

So... we're looking for someone who can go with the group for the entire period from may 2-31 to take photos (or better, photos and videos), document, and blog at least once every day from May 2-31, 2009. He/she will also of course be expected to help with the building of the design - but his/her main responsibility is the documentation, photography/videography and blogging. He/she can interview the participants, talk about anything interesting during the whole process (new friendships, tensions, etc), and maybe even highlight Palawan and the Philippines as a must-see destination. Lots of room for creativity, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures.

Ah, and the perks: we will cover his/her plane fare from Manila to Puerto Princesa and back, hotel stay (here in Manila and in Palawan), board and lodging for the entire month, and a MINIMAL stipend (at least P10k, maybe a bit more if we can secure additional funds). We can practically guarantee that he/she will make new and lasting friendships (maybe more - who knows?), and definitely, he/she will have a unique entry in his/her CV once this is over.

We may be able to lend a laptop and we can figure out internet access requirements later. Otherwise, he/she should have their own equipment (camera, lens, tripod at a minimum). Preferably he/she would also have a portfolio that we can view online, and blog-writing experience (and following) would be a definite plus.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in this adventure of a lifetime, please email us ASAP at

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.



Ipat Luna said...

Gigo, my cousin Christine met Kyle Bergman who emailed me about Howie's video about Palawan. Would have LOVED to do this gig but can't leave my 6 year old homeschooler during a summer lull and go off to beautiful Palawan without him!! Anyway, please me mindful of the birds and birdwatchers/butterfly watchers when you do the designs. Maybe bird blinds and walkways so folks don't disturb lower plant life? Am sure they know all about these things but better to make a birdlist and buttefly list ahead of time to ensure they know the habitat requirements when you start setting up.

CANVAS said...

Thanks, Ipat. Will be sure to pass on your note to Kyle and the rest of the folks who will ultimately be building the park. :-)

opmb's blog said...

Hi, I posted this on our forum.

Hope you find the best guy/gal soon.

Best of luck!

CANVAS said...


estan said...

very much intersted. i'll send you an email.

Azrael Coladilla said...

hope you allow a one week gig :)

CANVAS said...

Sorry Azrael. It is for one month. :-)

Nexusuxen said...

woah! That's one nice offer. I sure wanted to experience this one of a kind offer ^_^

Nika Catbagan said...

:) This would be a great experience imho. I'd love this kaso I don't have such a big following plus the equipment. I blogged about it in one of my blogs,

Good luck with the project. :D

Intersections said...

Hi! I'm very much interested. Have you received my query email? :)