Filipino artist featured in art and charity dinner of hotel’s 15th anniversary
In a rare and special project, renowned Filipino visual artist Manuel Baldemor collaborated with about 20 mentally and/or physically challenged children from the Chosen Children Village Foundation.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Discovery Suites, the completed artworks were featured at “Coming Home: An Art and Charity Dinner” at the hotel’s 22 Prime restaurant. Welcoming Baldemor at the charity event was hotel general manager Leeds Trompeta and Discovery Leisure Company’s Chief Operating Officer Jun Parreño.
“It’s been 15 crystal years. What better way than to celebrate it by making a difference? Mr. Baldemor’s works with the children cheers on the colorful years ahead,” Parreño announced.
Baldemor, known for his colorful renditions of Philippine life and impressions of foreign culture, closely collaborated with the children in the production of the paintings.
“I like to work with children because they have pure minds and simple dreams. When you look into their eyes, you can see if they are happy,” shared the artist at the event.
The result was a collection of 28 moving interpretations of the children’s dreams and aspirations in life, some of which were put up for auction. The proceeds amounting to P 439,550 for 15 paintings were donated to the foundation to aid in their continuous efforts to provide a nurturing home for the children.
The foundation’s president Guenter Taus and executive director Che Naval were present to graciously receive the proceeds for their laudable cause.
The remaining paintings are still available for silent auction. Call the hotel at 719-8888 for more information.
Designed as a feast for the senses, the art and charity dinner also featured a menu prepared by Discovery Suites’ Corporate Chef Anthony Raymond and Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon, in collaboration with guest Celebrity Chef Sharwin Tee.
The four-course culinary affair, which highlighted native ingredients, began with Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche, spiked with lemongrass vinegar, roasted labuyo sauce and avocado emulsion, followed by Crab and Young Coconut Bisque seasoned with crispy river crabs, pumpkin, fresh scallions and shellfish oil.
The main entrée was a hearty plate of Slow-Braised USDA Beef Short Ribs served with turmeric and ginger rice, twice-cooked egg, vegetable tempura and natural jus. A luscious serving of Black & White Panna Cotta with native spiced chocolate was the evening’s pièce de résistance.
Long providing a preferred address to corporate travelers on an extended stay since 2000, Discovery Suites continues to find meaningful ways to make guests feel at home and be part of the local community.