Yesterday, here in Boracay, Philippines, as we were chilling on the beach, we were approached by this Philippino guy claiming he can make a ring out of a coin without machines, fire, drills or anything, just bare hands and a few basic tools, all in 20 minutes. We gave Jestony Laresma a chance and my friend Patricia Cañas loved the result.
I decided to ask him to make me, out of coins, 2 pendants with the Wings of Strength logo, I gave him my WOS tank top and asked him to create something with that logo.
It was amazing to see him at work. He gathered, next to the hotel, with about 6 other friends who all helped him to create these pendants, each of them was doing something, filing a piece, using little hammers, polishing. It was at least a 5-6 hour job and I had the feeling that a whole mini village was at work for their artist. The result is something which is 100% made with enthusiasm, ingenuity, love, pride and craft. He kept on telling me how his rings and pendants are spread all over the world in so many different countries, that he also ships them and his pride was making his whole face shine. Pride of his work, taking pride in his people, his culture, his country. Their enthusiasm at my own joy when I saw the finished pendants was contagious, they were so happy, taking pictures with us and humbly apologizing for taking time of my vacation.
The elated feeling they gave us is something I will never forget. His little wife wanted to keep the Wings tank top, even if she had to tie 2 knots in the tank straps to fit her😂 His little brother, a ‘midget’ fighter, as they called him, wanted to take us to his gym. Wish I had time to take him up on his offer but we had to leave today.
I am very grateful I could interact with the locals in such a genuine way and make a difference -beyond the souvenir and tourist targeted experiences.
You can see his work by visiting his FB page ‘Born to make rings’. #coins #rings #wingsofstrength #wos @patycanas #boracay #philippines #vacation