How It All Started with ArtAid
Art heals the heart and soul - and this is what the quartet of individuals who founded ArtPH set out to do in December 2020 with the ArtAid Online Auction. Julius and Christine Babao, along with their dear friends Lori Jurvida and Chinkee Tan wanted to give back to their downtrodden countrymen in the most creative way that they knew how, through art. So they gathered their artist friends who wholeheartedly opened their hearts and participated by donating their artworks for the Art Aid auction. The ArtPh Team was overwhelmed with the artists' all-out support. To ensure the success of the fundraising project, Jaime Ponce de Leon and his team at Leon Gallery Auctions lent their expertise and made the auction happen with only a limited time preparation. Thus, the ArtAid Online Auction became a landmark fundraising effort for typhoon ravaged Cagayan in Northern Luzon in cooperation with Leon Gallery Auctions.
The aim was to raise funds for the building of a permanent evacuation center for the residents of Alcala, Cagayan which was devastated by the recent Typhoon Ulysses. We have to accept that calamities will continue to affect residents in this province because of the complexity of the problem: denuded forests, wrong farming practices, silted rivers, etc. Even if we are used to typhoons in our tropical country, climate change has made situations worse for our countrymen. A permanent evacuation center in Alcala, Cagayan is needed so that there will be a safe haven that the people can immediately use if and when another major typhoon will strike.
The ArtPh Team wanted to provide hope for a safer and better future for our kababayans in Northern Luzon and it was only fitting that the launching activity for ArtPh was an event that brought together artists, art collectors and art afficionados. Art Aid: The ArtPh Online Art Auction was a way of giving back to our fellow Filipinos who have experienced so much hardship and extra ordinary challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and several natural calamities.
The success of the ArtAid Online Auction would not have been possible without the enthusiastic participation of our art patrons who made their love for Philippine Art matter. They fulfilled not only their passion for art but also extended much needed help to our countrymen in need by participating in the December 12 online auction.
What made the event even more memorable is that proceeds from the online auction were used to start the building of a permanent evacuation center in Alcala, Cagayan where residents can seek refuge during natural calamities. Part of the online auction proceeds also went to orphaned infants and babies at the Cribs Foundation.