Sabrina Santos

Grade 10 at École Olds High School | Olds, Alberta



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I was born and raised in the Philippines, an archipelagic country renowned for its sublime natural wonders. I have preserved four cultural and historical landmarks in the country registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites by depicting them on my ceramic pot. These include one of the most popular tourist attractions, the Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Ruins situated in Legazpi City. The stratovolcano is renowned for its symmetrical cone structure. Neighboring are the ruins, the remnants of a 298-year-old church that symbolizes the harmonious relationship between the people and nature. To the volcano’s right is an illustration of the stunning Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, hand-carved by our ancestors. This technique of terracing land has been in practice for over 2000 years. El Nido, Palawan is well known for its turquoise water, white beaches, and majestic limestone formations. Finally, The Chocolate Hills of Bohol is comprised of over 1,700 hills that convert to a brown-like color during the dry season. The ceramic pot serves the purpose of celebrating the beauty of the Philippines and as a reminder to myself of my ambition to visit these places during my lifetime. My amphora-style coil pot was detailed by using the Mishima technique on stoneware clay.