on this rock I was trying to balance inspired by this place and
people living here.
Are you familiar with that? Do you know what is it? To make it even more complicated, what about “Rock Balancing”? Have you heard about it? Sounds interesting right? Maybe you’ve tried balancing different stuffs but balancing a heavy and with various sizes and forms rocks, well it’s an extraordinary skills. The art of rock balancing is not an easy-breezy thing to perform considering that rocks are the most irregularly-shaped pieces on earth
In Tanay Rizal, just 57 kilometers east of Manila, 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive, Rock balancing exists and it’s a popular.
As per Wiki: Rock balancing is an art, discipline, or hobby (depending upon the intent of the practitioner) in which rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.
In the Philippines, Rock Balancing was founded in September 2010. There were two proponents who popularized, organized and introduced this form of Art in Tanay, named Leandro Tamayo Inocencio and Ildefonso Bandoma Vista. These two names are advocates for greener and cleaner environment. The very reason why they introduced this art is not only performing or exhibiting it, yet to persuade the locals to support their project named “The Journey for The Trees” This Project tends to give awareness and promoting environmental awareness and life conservation through conducting such exhibition of Rock Balancing.
It was a success, a tree planting activities, lectures for environmental awareness, rock balancing and more in connivance with Municipality of Tanay, The Billion Tree Campaign, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), ), and the 350.org‘s 10-10-10 Global Work Party, and innumerable sponsors and volunteers.
“Masaya ang Rock Balancing at sobrang amdaming tao talaga ang nagpupunta dito sa Tanay(The Rock Balancing event is very festive and lots of visitors are witnessing it)” the police in Daranak Falls said. The Event is annually conducted in Tanay Town Proper from then, but some of the masterpieces are available right in Daranak Falls. “It’s originally from US, and they brought it here” he added.
Truly, witnessing the masterpieces really admired me and motivated me to try. I tried one but that was really hard, first you have to choose the right shape of the rocks from the river. You have to balance it according to the center of the gravity. It really measures your patience and creativity.
Moreover, experiencing it personally was a great remembrance. I realized that even a worthless rock can also turned into a value-laden form of art. An Art that can change the world to make greener and cleaner, An Art that can increase the tourism in Tanay Rizal, An art that can teach you how to become patient.