LA-Based Artist Raises Funds for Typhoon Odette Rebuilding Efforts

Her prints are available for purchase from February 7 to 21.

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ILLUSTRATION Crista Quintos

(SPOT.ph) The Philippines, being close to the Pacific, is almost always at the mercy of typhoons—about 20 a year, in fact. But most recently, these storms are getting stronger than ever, claiming more lives, displacing more people, and damaging more properties and livelihood. In an effort to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Odette—which hit in early December of 2021—while raising awareness about how climate change is affecting us, Los Angeles-based Filipino artist Crista Quintos is selling prints and posters through artandmindstudios.com from February 7 to 21.

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Manila born and raised—until she moved to California in 2021—Quintos partnered with local organizations For Our Farmers Inc., Lokal Lab, and Aksyon ng Kabataan Organization for this particular fundraiser. Each piece from her collage series is available for P500 and 100% of the profit goes directly to families affected by Typhoon Odette.

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"Seeing the news [about Typhoon Odette] plastered on the TV screens of sunny Los Angeles, I felt so distant from the place I call home. Seeing the stark contrast between where I live now and where I grew up was glaring. That’s why I decided to create this climate change collage series; not only do I hope to raise funds for those in need, but also raise awareness to those who are not directly affected by climate change emergencies to take part in the responsibility of reforming change. My hope is that people that purchase these prints leave with a token of appreciation for their generous donation as well as a reminder of the truths of climate change," she said in a statement.

Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) made its first landfall on the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte on December 16. It sustained winds at 195 kilometers per hour—on the ground, that meant rows of fallen trees, shattered infrastructure (including the Siargao Airport), damaged houses that took forever to build, blocked roads and inacccesible ports, and lack of access to drinkable water and electricity up till date of writing. Strong winds and heavy rainfall also caused casualties, displacement, and intense damage in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Palawan, Dinagat Islands, and Leyte.

Crista Quintos' climate change collection is for sale from February 7 to 21 through artandmindstudios.com.

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