Over 30 Pinoy artists join fundraiser for Odette-hit Danjugan Island Reserve in Negros

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Upcoming art fundraiser “The Island is Calling” features Danjugan-inspired artworks made by local artists. Photo from Orange Project FB.

Filipino artists are teaming up for the upcoming art exhibition “The Island is Calling” to raise funds for the rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts of Danjugan Island Reserve in Negros Occidental after it was badly hit by Supertyphoon Odette.

The art fundraiser will showcase the work of over 30 Pinoy artists who are taking part in the upcoming exhibit for a cause running from January 14 to February 28, 2022, at the Orange Project Gallery in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

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The gallery exhibit will feature Danjugan-inspired artworks made on a “circular canvas”. Local artists participating in the event include Aeson Baldevia, Alexandra Mesia, and Fred Orig, among many others.

Proceeds from the gallery sales will fund the conservation efforts of Danjugan, an island sanctuary located in Cauayan in the southern Negros Occidental.

The protected island marine reserve sanctuary has been managed by the non-profit organization Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation (PRRCFI) since 1994. Danjugan Island was among the islands in the Visayas and neighboring communities that were devastated by the Category 5 typhoon that made landfall in the Philippines in December.

“The Island is Calling is the exhibition component of a widened environmental preservation effort focused on Danjugan, a protected island located in Cauayan in the southern Negros Occidental. Under the vision of PRRCFI (Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc.), local scientists and artists explore the convergence of experience-centered programs such as marine and wildlife camps, artist retreats, science workshops, and educational tours within the island sanctuary,” writes Guenivere Decena in a Facebook post by the Orange Project on January 3, 2022.

“The exhibit’s collection of Rotonda artworks are one of the many fruits of this endeavor. Nature communicates through the interconnected ecosystems of which we are intricately a part of. Her language is life itself. We are part of what She is. Seeking her voice is like a dancing leaf wondering when the wind will come,” Decena added.

Those interested in contributing to the upcoming fundraiser may send a message to the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation (PRRCFI) or Orange Project on Facebook.

Art exhibits for a cause initiated by Filipinos during the pandemic include Cartellino’s online art drive First Edition and “Project: KAGUBATAN” an online art and technology exhibit and educational webinar series to support the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines’ water conservation and reforestation efforts in the Ipo Watershed.

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