UP alumni, portrait artists hold online exhibit fundraiser honoring Filipino frontliners

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Portraits of frontliners in the battle against COVID 19 can be viewed on the FILPAG website.

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) and Filipino Portrait Artists Guild (FILPAG) have joined together for an online exhibit fundraiser that honors Filipino frontliners.

The online exhibit “Handog Lingkod” curated by award-winning artist Grandier Bella was launched on May 15, 2020, and will run until May 31.

Twenty four artworks by portrait artists depicting frontliners in various sectors such as medical and health, food and beverage, security, transportation, delivery, and relief work are showcased by as many portrait artists in the online exhibit.

“The exhibit is a tribute to all Filipino men and women who are out in the field sacrificing their lives to save the rest of our countrymen. It chronicles the experiences of the ordinary folk, depicting scenes and situations during this quarantine, displaying selfless acts of heroism in extraordinary times,” said Bella in his curator notes.

The Filipino Portrait Artists Guild said the exhibit is their tribute to the men and women sacrificing their lives to save other lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. Proceeds of the show will go to affected frontliners.

“Ito po ay isang tribute para sa ating mga frontliners. At the same time, isa po itong fundraising para sa kanila. Kasama ko po dito ang aking mga kasining mula sa FILPAG. Matutunghayan niyo po dito ang iba’t-ibang mga paintings tungkol sa mga frontliners at sa mga ginagawa nila. Karamihan po ng ating mga frontliners ay mga karaniwang mamamayan.” said Bing Famoso Tac-An in a video during the launch.

Artist Bing Famoso Tac-An with her painting “Patawid”. Screenshot from exhibit launch video.

As of this writing the artworks of Sarah Liuson Ongsun (Reseta), Roland Castro (Biyayang Hatid), and Chito Sy (Market Frontliner) are already sold.

The following 19 artworks are still for sale:

  • Alvin Montano (Hatid na tulong sa mga IPs)
  • Romy Carlos (The Green Brigade: Under-recognized no more)
  • Megan Diño (Pahinungod)
  • Grandier Bella (Trenta Y Sitente Kabayan)
  • Bing Famoso (Patawid)
  • Myk Velasco (Inay, ang Frontliner ng Tahanan)
  • Cee Cadid (Malasakit, Pantaboy sa Epidemya)
  • Pete Velasquez (Ayuda, Delivery Boy)
  • Genesis Regala (Iskinita)
  • Gigi Manalastas (Manong Tindero sa Panahon ng Pandemya)
  • Sen Lacson (Gasoline Boy)
  • Irma Lara (Ingat Po Kayo, Sir!)
  • Sheehan Demetillo (Pagaling Po Kayo ‘Tay)
  • Karlo Cortez (Ayuda)
  • Tessa Punzalan Brodeth (Tuloy ang Buhay)
  • Lita Wells (Magbubuko: Providing a Community’s Food Needs)
  • Viel Samaniego (Ngiting May Pag-Asa)
  • Lupicinio Ng (Water of Life)
  • Yolanda Batara (Helping Hands)

To see the portraits, go here. For purchase inquiry, click here.

More Filipino artists are using their medium to assist frontliners, including the artists of #ArtForMedPH who are giving away commissioned artworks in exchange for donations to COVID-19 frontliners and the most affected sectors during the community quarantine to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

Young Filipino celebrity Scarlet Snow Belo also put her drawings on auction to raise funds for Filipino scientists in the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

SEND HELP to support the fundraiser project of the UP Alumni Association and Filipino Portrait Artists Guild to assist frontliners then SEND US YOUR #GoodLight #MessageofHope to the world in the comments below.

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