Cebu City – The fundraising and charity event “ArTabang 3” raised P50 million in 5-hours in its successful auction and exhibit of the Filipino artists artworks.
ArTabang 3 that showcased the finest work of Filipino art from all over the Philippines was held last December 7, Saturday at the Oakridge Business Park, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City.
In its third installment, ArTabang aims to showcase the underrated talents of our local artists, as well as to help the victims of the Mindanao earthquake and the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Tisoy.
It was attended by prominent personalities from all over the country who made their bids on their chosen artwork.
Around 300 paintings that were exhibited during the event, 30 massive collaboration paintings were put up for the silent auction while majority of the art pieces were on sale.
“Tonight, every sale we make, for the auction pieces, 50% will go to the beneficiaries, and the other 50% will go to the artists’ organization. For the individual paintings that they are selling, 100% will go to them,” said Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino who is one of the organizers of the event.
Beneficiaries of the said charity event are the artists’ organizations such as Art Association of the Philippines; Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines Inc.; Art Association of Bacolod; Orange Project; Viva Excon Organization Inc.; Onse; MASS: Mobile Art and Science Space; Block 17 Cebu Artists, Inc.; and Southwestern Art Club.
ArTabang is organized by the Sacred Heart School for Boys – Batch 85 Foundation and was founded in 2013.
Sec. Dino also praised all the artists who took part of the charitable event, “You, mga artists natin, yung mga contemporary artists natin, incredible, world class talaga, when you look at the paintings tonight, world class. You can never find these kinds of artworks outside the Philippines.”
The first ArTabang was held in 2013 where over P6 million worth of paintings were sold in six hours for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda victims.
The ArTabang 2 in 2017 managed to raise P12 million and was donated to those affected by the Ormoc earthquake.
The Sacred Heart School for Boys – Batch 85 Foundation is set to donate the proceeds to the charitable institutions. (JB/PR)