Manosa’s foundation holds fundraising auction for children in need

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(Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

COLORFUL doors and windows were auctioned in “Awit at Laro,” a fundraising exhibit for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Philippines, last Oct. 24 at The Gallery in Makati.

The exhibit was organized by the Tungkod Foundation, an organization founded by National Artist Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa to help fund contemporary Filipino artists and designs.

“The goal is to provide people with a sense of place, pride and dignity… and this is particularly true for children,” said Bambi Mañosa-Tanjutco, the head of the foundation, in her speech.

Mañosa exhibited “Taguan,” a laminated wood and coco door portraying two kids in a canopy of trees.

Mañosa’s love for designing wooden trinkets, especially children’s toys, came from his fondness on a 1970’s toy store called “Dimples.”

Thomasian alumni Ramon Orlina and Jepoy Almario also contributed to the exhibit.

Orlina’s “Parang Politika may Larong Balimbing” is a 79.5 x 26 in. piece made of glass marbles, sheet glass and clean resin on wood.

Thomasian painter Almario mounted his 56 x 19.5 in. oil painting on a narra wood door, depicting a blindfolded boy hitting a palayok midswing.

Unicef Philippines aims to uphold children’s rights to education, healthcare and protection from abuse and exploitation.

The exhibit and auction ran from Oct 24-27.

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