Proceeds to support 22 Kanlungan ni Maria residents
Nine artists from Angono, Rizal lent their talent to help raise funds for an Antipolo-based home for the abandoned elderly through the Union Bank of the Philippines’ (UnionBank) GoBeyond program – A heART U Share.
Now on its second year, the art exhibit aims to not only promote the extraordinary talent of Filipino artists, but also to raise funds for Kanlungan ni Maria which now takes care of 22 elderly who have been abandoned by relatives.
The guest of honor during the exhibit’s launch was Lola Pina. She is fondly known to many as “The Amazing Lola Pina” due to a popular YouTube video where she’s seen sharing her many jokes.
Despite being in a wheelchair, the 87-year-old Lola Pina graced the event with a light and happy de-meanor, thanking the artists for their help. Her speech concluded with an emotional rendition of Filipi-no classic “Saan Ka Man Naroroon,” followed by a string of jokes that made attendees heartily laugh.
“We offer our sincerest thanks to the artists. The proceeds will go a long way in supporting our founda-tion to continue helping the abandoned elderly who are now under our care,” Fr. Nante Tolentino, spiritual director of Kanlungan ni Maria, said.
The common theme among the exhibited paintings were of relationships between mother and child, grandparents and grandchildren, and love through the years.
For artist Dino Blanco, one of his favorite paintings is his Lambing ni Lola, painted in oil on canvas. “This shows the dynamics of a grandmother-grandson relationship. While the grandmother is working, sell-ing food, the grandson is right beside her, showing affection,” Blanco explained
Meanwhile, Jovito Andres chose to showcase one of his mother and child paintings, titled Mother’s Love, painted in pastel on canvas. “Mother and child is one of my favorite subjects to paint. The inspi-ration for these paintings come from my own childhood and my relationship with my own mother,” Andres related.
As for Monserrat Muros, her favorite among her showcased paintings is a picture of a child praying, titled Panalangin, painted in oil on canvas. What makes the painting striking for her is that a child pray-ing is a precious and priceless moment. Being able to watch a child pray, unbridled by negative thoughts, is one of the most pleasant subjects she was able to paint.
Other featured artists include Aaron Villamayor Bautista, Berny Supsupin, Charlie Val, Nani Reyes, Norberto “Ambhet” Lugtu, and Carlos “Totong” Francisco II.