The journey of Communication magazine from year to year has always carved memories in the hearts of the crew. On this crew's 40th birthday Communication back to carving a memorial with a trip to Kampung Topeng. What's the fun like? Let's follow our journey in the following description.
Crew birthday celebration Communication begins with a prayer with the cutting of tumpeng at the house of the managing editor of the Communication magazine, Saturday (19/10). The event continued with eating together and rujakan. You can imagine how delicious it is in the hot sun at that time. After being full and resting for a while, the crew agreed to visit a cheap and beautiful tourist spot, the Mananti Village Mask Village in Tlogowaru, Kedungkandang, Malang.
Two giant masks welcome every visitor to the Village Mask of My Village. A village in the corner of Malang City, to be precise in Tlogowaru Village, Malang City, East Java. The two masks that were installed were none other than the characters Panji Asmorobangun and Dewi Sekartaji. Both are characters in Topeng Malangan art with the epic Panji, a performance art known to be native to Malang. Green and white, the mask 7.5 meters high and 5 meters wide adds to the local cultural climate there.
The mask village does not necessarily exist. In early 2016, there was a program from the Ministry of Social Affairs to create a program "Desaku Mananti". This program is looking for homeless people and beggars to be selected and given a place in my village. The type of assistance provided by the social service is in the form of building materials which are currently being used to build the masks that are there. In addition, these selected people are equipped with skills to increase their creativity. The trainings included worm farming, mask making and cake baking.
In 2017, to be precise in February, vehicles such as thematic villages were built. The social services and selected communities are building changes slowly so that Desa Mananti can be productive. The idea of a Mask Village emerged. From this Mask Village, the social service hopes that the people there can manage it well and get rupiah coffers from the businesses they run.
Not only focusing on economic development, the education sector is also a concern of the social service. The cost of educating children there is the responsibility of the social service. They are given money to buy uniforms and other school necessities. Whatever the conditions, education remains the most important need. Therefore, as time went on, the social institution "Insan Sejahtera" collaborated with the Ministry of Social Affairs to try to meet the educational needs of children in Mananti Village. "There should not be a single child dropping out of school. We will help provide uniforms and school needs from the village treasury. We get this cash from entrance tickets to tourist areas
to meet the needs of the chosen community here, ”said Sri Wahyuning, the supervisor of the Insan Sejahtera Social Welfare Institution during an interview.
With the presence of My Village Waiting for the social agency to know closely the activities of the assisted residents. The real attraction of this tour is the assisted residents themselves. If lucky, visitors can see the pattern of guidance implemented by the social service. Like when we visited there, it was seen that a group of students and children from my village of Mananti were holding a competition to commemorate the Hijri New Year.
This village, which consists of 35 households, which is dominated by children, certainly needs income from the crafts they make. This reason is what makes the social agency create a tourist destination called Kampung Topeng. Thus, tourists can buy the handicrafts they make and are able to increase their income coffers. The social service also added tour packages for children. Among them are painting masks, the introduction of mask characters to introduce the younger generation to the typical art of Malang City which is starting to be eroded by the times.
After interviewing the sources, the Communication crew enjoyed the exoticism of the Mask Village. There are several seats available with beautiful views. Visitors can sit down and relax and calm down from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are several photo spots available, areas outbound, play ground, and a gazebo. For those who have masks, visitors can buy them at the souvenir house there. With affordable prices, visitors can bring home the mask of their choice to make a memento.
After being satisfied walking around and enjoying the beauty of Kampung Topeng, the Communication crew group continued their journey to the Eco Park. The beauty of Malang City and its cool weather always give its own impression to the community. This is what makes tourism in Malang always appear every year. This time, the castle-style tour located in the residential area of Citra Garden Malang provides cool air to unwind. This area is located in a highland, so it is perfect to see a cool view of Malang City from above. In contrast to Kampung Topeng which has natural nuances, Eco Park presents a nuance of luxury and serenity.
Located in the residential area of Citra Garden, the facilities at the Eco Park are a swimming pool, fitness center and children's playground. To enter the Eco Park, visitors only need to pay IDR 25,000 per person. If you just want to take pictures, play around playground, or give it a try fitness center, visitors can enjoy it free of charge. Curious?
Satisfied with a day exploring the suburbs, the Communications crew ends its journey. After traveling that day they came home with a new spirit to continue to be dedicated in the magazine Communication beloved. Regards! Love