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Gift of Art: Shell Celebrates Seven Years of Gawad Kalinga

Celebrating seven years of Gawad Kalinga’s fight to reduce poverty in the country, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Pilipinas Shell), in cooperation with the SM Supermalls, will stage an art sale for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga from November 20 to 27, 2010 at the 4/F Bridgeway of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

The event dubbed “The Gift of Art: An Art Sale for Gawad Kalinga” will showcase the masterpieces of renowned Filipino artists who believe in Gawad Kalinga’s vision of eradicating poverty and restoring human dignity by building homes, providing education, basic healthcare and livelihood programmes, alongside promotion of good values among residents in GK communities.

Sharing Gawad Kalinga’s noble causes, Pilipinas Shell relentlessly supports various initiatives to mitigate poverty and hunger in the country.  With its partnership with Gawad Kalinga, Pilipinas Shell has touched numerous lives for the past years. This partnership has gone a long way in uplifting the lives of the people by establishing sustainable livelihood programmes, in addition to building decent homes for the poor in GK villages in Batangas and Leyte, and farms in the Bicol Region.

“There are many ways people can help those who are in need.  Since Shell has been involved in the arts through the Shell National Students Art Competition, we thought of staging an art sale with the help of Filipino visual artists to support Gawad Kalinga’s project of setting up a Center for Social Innovation (CSI) in Bulacan. CSI will provide opportunities to Gawad Kalinga villagers to become entrepreneurs. We hope that the proceeds of the art sale will go a long way in empowering the people in Gawad Kalinga communities by giving them the capability to learn and support their livelihood,” Edgar Chua, Chairman and President of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, said.

The GK art sale will also gather the best visual artists in the country to showcase their masterpieces,  a rare occasion which promises to satisfy the distinct taste of art connoisseurs. The Gift of Art exhibit/art sale will feature works by Ivan Acuña, Gus Albor, Ral Arrogante, Mailah Baldemor-Balde, Angel Cacnio, Ferdie Cacnio, Michael Cacnio, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, RossCapili, Daniel Coquilla, Solano Cruz, Andi Cubi, Dante Dalena, Edgar Doctor, Benedict Ducat, Renato Habulan, Herson Ibarra, Raul Isidro, Cesar Legaspi, Fred Liongoren, Abe Lucas, Jun Martinez, Nards Miranda, Justin Nuyda, Mario Parial, Dan Raralio, Jeminic Real, Saprid, August Santiago, Ed Sarmiento, Bing Siochi, Tato Villanueva, and Nestor Vinluan. 

The public is invited to preview and purchase the masterpieces during the exhibit.