By Caroline SindersThe Associated PressBANGKOK — In the city of Baguio, a sprawling city of some 12 million people, a local art teacher has a way of making his subjects look fresh, colorful and old-school.
On Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m., his students will take part in a show at the Baguito Art Museum.
He calls it the “Boxer Briefing.”
The box will have a box-like design on the front and a rectangular cardboard frame on the side.
Inside the box, students will receive an item for free, including a pair of boxer briefs.
“I like the box because you can use it as a book, or a pillow, or something,” said Art Director Marius Vian.
Vian said the box is a play on the Japanese word for box, a box that houses a book or a bookcase, and he said it also could be a “book in a box” for a school project.
Vians said he hopes the box could become a fixture in the Bajau city’s libraries.
Baguio is one of the few places in the world where the box was invented, according to Vian, who has taught for more than 25 years.
Viana said the school is trying to make its students’ experience more authentic, especially in terms of materials and techniques.
Bongos are among the oldest cultures in the Philippines, and they are known for making a variety of objects that date back more than 4,000 years.
Viana said he plans to make the box into a tool, a tool that can be used to help the students in the classroom.
“They can put their own hands on it to get the materials that are inside and the instructions that are in there,” he said.
The box is about two-and-a-half feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds, according a Baguios official.
The school has installed a “boxer folding chair” to help students with back pain and back problems.
“This is a way to make them comfortable and get them to be in control of their time,” said Baguia’s Art Teacher, Paz Marius, who said she was inspired by the box’s box-shaped design.
Marius said she had heard of the idea and hoped her students would use it to help them study, and that the box would also be used as a way for the school to educate the public.
Bengkok City Hall is one-third the size of a city block, with more than 20,000 residents.
The city is home to the country’s largest Muslim population and the countrys biggest tea industry.