The golden mandala has baybayin and other symbols of life, the elements, cosmos and more. Even the numbers of rings and symbols have meanings. The baybayin helped this mandala come alive for me as I created it and has given this artwork deep meaning for me as a Filipino. I believe in the beauty of the Filipino people, and that as we decolonize we reclaim our inner gold.
—Perla Paredes Daly
Perla Paredes Daly has a background in graphic and web design (www.bagyoperla.com), in Yoga teaching (RYT200) and in Reiki. Today, she goes "undercover" as a senior art director for a financial firm but the rest of her life is dedicated to her family & home, and to the babaylan spirit. In her spare time she conducts monthly women's meditation circles for the Seekers of Feminine Wisdom in Austin, TX. Perla has been an activist and multimedia artist who has collaborated with artists, healers and activists around the world in digital collage, poetry, photography, painting, online communities & publications.
photo by Riya Ortiz