VP Robredo tells artists: "Make me understand how we can help you."
Theater artists, she has your back.
(SPOT.ph) "Alam natin na hindi biro ang pinagdaraanan ng marami sa inyo and I think the least the government can do is to help out," Vice President Leni Robredo said to a group of theater and visual artists on July 6, opening night of Artist’s Hand: From Stage to Canvas at Solaire Resort and Casino.
Artist's Hand: From Stage to Canvas is a fundraising exhibit where theater actors explored a different medium to help out ailing colleagues with their medical expenses. “I don’t think theater artists will ever be given enough priority, since we belong to an industry that doesn’t generate much revenue,” said Frank Rivera in interview with Inquirer.net. “And since this is the case, we should help in any possible way, most especially when it comes to medical problems. It is very sad that in an industry as small as this, you can still see disunity among its members."
(Standing, left to right) Susan Africa, Ernie Garcia, Frank Rivera, Diana Alferez; (seated) Perry Dizon, Len Ag. Santos, Divina Cavestany
Rivera is joined by friends and fellow thespians Diana Alferez, Sonny Anecito, Divina Cavestany, Perry Dizon, Susan Africa, Ernie Garcia, and Len Ag. Santos-Siasoco. There's a special participation by 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Dr. Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, a cultural artist cited for using the healing power of the arts and preserving the pre-Islamic dance tradition of the pangalay in Southern Philippines.
Santos-Siasoco is a familiar face in theater as well as movies and television. She stopped appearing under the limelight after battling lymph edema and renal illness. Now with limited mobility, she rediscovered an old love for painting. “Len had been wanting to organize an exhibit before for [Bulwagang Gantimpala’s late artistic director] Tony Espejo’s medical expenses, but sadly, the plan came too late. Knowing the medical and financial needs of our theater brothers and sisters, I was more than willing to jump into this current project,” Susan Africa, a Fine Arts graduate who's more popular for her acting, narrated.
Vice President Leni Robredo receives a painting from theater artist Frank Rivera.
Robredo's presence at the benefit event gives hope to artists everywhere. "Marami pong bagay ang pwedeng maitulong ng gobyerno and I would be very honest; I need you to guide me. I need you to guide me and make me understand how we can help you," the vice president emphasized in her speech.
Artist's Hand: From Stage to Canvas runs until August 31 at Shoppes Hallway, Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseaña Avenue, Parañaque City.
All photos from Artist's Hand: From Stage to Canvas' Facebook page