MERGE ART. These colorful houses that can be seen along the road to Sagay City’s Margaha (black sand) beach in Brgy. Old Sagay were painted by artists and volunteers through the Pinta Balay program of the government, an initiative to boost its tourism enterprise of the area.* (MLG photo)


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New attraction rising in Sagay
BY MARK L. GARCIA

A new tourism attraction is rising in Sagay City, with the houses along the road to the city’s Margaha (black sand) beaches painted with geometric shapes and vibrant colors, conceptualized by a noted visual artist, as part of the city government’s program called “Pinta Balay”.

Artists and volunteers are painting the facade of the houses in the coastal community of Purok Bougainvillea, Brgy. Old Sagay to attract more tourists and create more enterprising activities for income generation, City Information and Tourism Officer Helen Cutillar said.

On Saturday, groups of artists, art enthusiasts, government employees, and non-government organizations participated in painting more houses as part of the Tourism Month celebration in the city.