#ArtforMedPH trends as artists give away artworks in exchange for donations to COVID-19 frontliners

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ArtforMedPH drawing by artist @besty_cola.

The #ArtforMedPH hashtag continues to trend on social media as more artists give away commissioned artworks in exchange for donations to COVID-19 frontliners and the most affected sectors during the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

#ArtForMedPH is a social media movement dedicated to getting people to send donations to the medical sector in the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as well as the most vulnerable sectors of society.

“It’s a fundraising initiative me and some artist friends decided to do,” artist Krayonela shared with Good News Pilipinas.

Asked how the group monitors the donations, Krayonela says, “Oh, it’s more of a donation initiative, I don’t really control or monitor anyone’s work, they can decide how much or where to send donations. parang honesty system lang rin na we expect each other to turn over funds sent to us or check the receipts properly.”

The Twitter handle #ArtForMedPh started a thread about the fund drive initiative on March 15, 2020. Since then, more artists have joined the movement.

“Maraming artists din ang kasali! It’s like an online art for a cause fundraising.” artist @Kaed also shared with Good News Pilipinas.

‪The De La Salle University Senior High School Arts and Design Track students of DLSU-Manila joined the movement on March 19.

“Sinong nagsabing walang ambag ang mga artists sa mga panahong gaya nito? Hi! We are Arts and Design students & we’ve joined #ArtforMedPH, an online movement to help out front-liners & the most vulnerable in the COVID-19 pandemic,” @marblejolen of DLSU SHS tweeted.

Manila Science Highschool – Red Cross Youth Council also announced on March 22 that Several MaSci alumni & artists from the Arts Club, MaSci Red Cross Youth, & MaSci Makers Club have teamed up to join #ArtForMedPH. “Let’s share the spirit of Bayanihan together,” the group said.

Call for donations by artist @wildlingchild

How #ArtForMedPh works:

  1. Choose an artist you would like to commission for an artwork
  2. Donate (minimum amount depending on the artwork requested) to one or more of the causes listed on this Rappler article.
  3. Send proof of donation to your chosen artist along with details of your request.
  4. Wait for your free artwork!*

Fans and followers of Bela Padilla answered her crowdfunding call for the street vendors of Metro Manila affected by the community quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19 and showcased how the Filipino Bayanihan spirit truly shines in times of adversities.

Actress Maine Mendoza is once again putting her social media influencer status to good use by raising funds to help workers affected by the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Pinoy musicians have also come together for Bayanihan Musikahan, a Facebook Live Concert series that asks people to donate funds to help the daily wage earners and urban poor affected by the Metro Manila quarantine.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the movers of #ArtForMedPH for showcasing how Pinoy artists and the public can work together to support the country’s frontliners and the victims of the COVID-19.

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