By TARA YAP

ILONGGO ARTISTS AGAINST COVID-19 Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City receives a painting from Fernando Kabigting, the renowned artist who suffered a stroke but continues to paint

ILONGGO ARTISTS AGAINST COVID-19 Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City receives a painting from Fernando Kabigting, the renowned artist who suffered a stroke but continues to paint

Visual artists may not be in the frontline as the world continues to battle an unseen enemy, but they do embrace humanity. To say the least, this is not easy when artists also bear the brunt of the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19). In Iloilo, artists are no exception to humanity’s reawakening as they step up to do their share in crisis.
Artists from the city and province of Iloilo have auctioned off their works online to fund production of face masks to be given free to the public.
Artist Rock Drilon explains the art-for-a-cause is the brainchild of Mayor Jerry Treñas, an art aficionado who wants to bolster Iloilo City’s public-private partnership (PPP) in battling Covid-19. “We just responded to his call and collaborated,” Rock tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle.

The paintings and mixed media works have raised more than P1.5 million when the initial target is only P1 million for 100,000 face masks. More works are expected to be auctioned off when the target is now P2 million for 200,000 face masks.

Young and old artists have auctioned off their works, among them Ed DefensorPG ZoluagaAllain HabloRonnie GranjaMomo DalisayEric TacordaVic FarioVic NaborCarlo JuntadoFernando KabigtingCezar ArroArel ZambarranoMelvin GuirhemKristoffer BrasileñoAlex OrdoyoJeanroll EjarMarz CapanangDaryl DalipeNil CapinianesChristine AcederaNingnong AcederaNorman Vincent AcederaJohn Ermie AcederaJzy TilosJun Orland EspinosaSonny Tolentino IIIMarvin DalisayMargaux BlasBea GuizonJonathan ArroNick LanesRommel GardeNorman GaribayJoebert GayomaMark NativoAnthony GeduspanAlthea VillanuevaMadhu LiebscherGerundio Buendia Jr.Philip Ian ZaldivarGilbert LabordoPaul FortunadoIvy KatagueRichard Dela CruzBryan ArroyoBal CerboChristian PolicarpioAlthea VillanuevaMichael PamonagJonathan JalecoCyra CordovaEl DosadoShalom Omriel GaribayRoland LlarenaErick Donesa MagbanuaAngelo SobrepeñaBrando BangaJounin SumileRodel FundalRenwil Jake PortodoJohn Michael CatiganShiela Molato, and Drilon.

Behind the scene is Raisa Treñas, the mayor’s daughter, who facilitates the auction with the artists.

The artists have the option to donate 100 percent of the proceeds or they can take a certain percentage, which can also help them in these difficult times.

“With our local art community constantly seeking creative ways to keep people connected, cope in dark times, and offer hope amid the crisis, then we will overcome all challenges,” the mayor says.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/05/18/iloilos-artists-unite-raise-funds-for-face-masks/)