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Power of Creativity: The Colorful Journey of a PWD that Transformed Disability into a Masterpiece

For some people, art is just something that pleases the eyes. But for others like Lloyd Develos, art is essential to help him communicate and express his feelings. Without art, his life would be colorless, he noted. 

Despite his disability, Develos is one of the well-known visual artists in the province of Capiz and is now making a name in the national arts scene. 

Develos was diagnosed with poliomyelitis or polio, a medical condition that affected his posture and lower limbs. 

One of the sample commission paintings of Lloyd Develos. (Photo courtesy of Lloyd Develos)

“As a [person with a disability] I used art to convey a message to other people that regardless of my disability, I am not different from them. God gave me this talent to balance everything [in my life] because the arts gave me power,” Develos said in Hiligaynon.

According to him, he has been an artist for almost two decades which started during his elementary years as a simple school arts activity. 

But now, he has been doing mural paintings in Iloilo City, Quezon City, and recently in Tagum City where he was chosen by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) during the Pasinaya Open House Festival 2024 along with various artists around the country to participate in the largest multi-arts festival in the Philippines.

Aside from painting murals, Develos also conducts workshops for young talented Capiznons who are also into painting. 

He started doing mural workshops in 2009 and painting workshops in 2013 in collaboration with the Roxas City government, Capiz provincial government through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), schools, and private groups and organizations.

Develos also shared that before the pandemic he gave free workshops for the PWDs.

“It is good to feel that other PWDs like me can also feel that they are included, and maybe in the future, they can also become full-time artists like me,” Develos added in Hiligaynon, as he is planning to conduct another workshop for the PWDs however, he is still saving for the budget of the materials and snacks. 

In 2022, together with the city government of Roxas, they conducted a painting workshop with the PWD in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disability and most of his students were deaf and mute. 

Develos also shared that he has been in partnership with the Capiz provincial government for quite some time now because he started making streamers and t-shirt printings for them. 

Develos is also grateful to both the provincial and city governments for giving their full support to the arts community in the province.

PTCAO has been celebrating Fiesta Talimbong since 2008, a local arts month festival every month of February to honor the province’s rich art culture.   

During the Turismo Naton Ipabugal ko (TUN-I KO) free art workshop of Lloyd Develos and the Capiz PTCAO in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Capiz Tourism and Culture Affairs Facebook page)

PTCAO information officer Mary Therese Encina said that apart from being home to the two national artists, Jovita Fuentes and Daisy Avellana, the local folk songs, and numerous visual artists, the province has 31 published Capiznon folk dances. This served as the reason of the office to implement the Fiesta Talimbong with the local government units.

Shell art mosaic made by Develos and his wife for a private food restaurant in Roxas City. (Photo courtesy of Plantanan Facebook page)
During the CCP-KSS Collab Mural 2024 in Tagum City. Develos was among the 13 visual artists from different parts of the country who finished the mural art at some of the piers and pier caps of the Tagum City flyover. (Photo courtesy of Lloyd Develos)

In connection with this year’s National Arts Month (NAM) celebration of the CPP, Ani ng Sining, Encina said that the whole year, they will conduct various workshops, training, and other art-related programs and activities to nurture the creativity and artistry of the Capiznons. 

“That is why every February, we conduct a lot of NAM activities like concerts, exhibits, and competitions because it serves as the staging or recitals for the whole year practice of the artists,” Encina said in Hiligaynon.  

In addition, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) celebrates ingenuity and inclusivity for this year’s NAM. 

He shared his message for the young artist not to stop doing art because art is a learning process and just like him, it can be developed through time. 

Moreover, he wants to be an inspiration for PWDs like him, for them not to be shy to show their talents. 

“PWDs are not different but rather special, they just need to focus on achieving their dreams and what they want to become,” Develos added.

The life story of Lloyd Develos proves that art is indeed beyond the disability and it can transform life struggles into a masterpiece. (AGP/PLF/PIA Capiz)

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Pia Lorraine Francisco

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