Lola Pina (seated) is surrounded by Angono artists along with Fr. Nante Tolentino (far left), Kim Unidad (beside Tolentino), and Edwin Bautista (standing behind Lola Pina) during the opening of A heART U Share art exhibit.
Lola Pina (seated) is surrounded by Angono artists along with Fr. Nante Tolentino (far left), Kim Unidad (beside Tolentino), and Edwin Bautista (standing behind Lola Pina) during the opening of A heART U Share art exhibit.

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Teaming up with Angono artists to help abandoned elderly

Artists from Angono, Rizal lent their talent to help raise funds for an Antipolo-based home for the abandoned elderly through the UnionBank GoBeyond Communities program ‘A heART U Share’ art exhibit.

Now on its second year, the UnionBank-hosted art exhibit—launched at the UnionBank Plaza lobby last July 20—aims to promote the extraordinary talent of Filipino artists and raise funds for Kanlungan ni Maria, which now takes care of 22 elderly folks who have been abandoned by relatives.

“Art is very important because it feeds the soul. Through this project, we are able to achieve three things–support our artist friends from Angono, help Kanlungan ni Maria, and promote the importance of creativity among UnionBankers,” said Edwin R. Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer of UnionBank.

The guest of honor was Lola Pina who is fondly known to many as “The Amazing Lola Pina” due to a popular YouTube video where she was seen sharing her many jokes. The 87-year-old Lola Pina graced the event with a light and happy demeanor, thanking UnionBankers as well as the artists for their help. Her speech concluded with an emotional rendition of Filipino classic “Saan Ka Man Naroroon”, which she followed with a string of jokes that delighted all those present.

“We offer our sincerest thanks to the artists and to UnionBank. The proceeds will go a long way in supporting our foundation to continue helping the abandoned elderly who are now under our care,” Fr. Nante Tolentino, Spiritual Director of Kanlungan ni Maria, said in Filipino.

The common theme among the exhibited paintings were of relationships between mother and child, grandparents and grandchildren, and love through the years.

For artist Dino Blanco, one of his favorite paintings is his “Lambing ni Lola”, painted in oil on canvas. “This shows the dynamics of a grandmother-grandson relationship. While the grandmother is working, selling food, the grandson is right beside her, naglalambing,” Blanco said.

Meanwhile, Jovito Andres chose to showcase one of his mother and child paintings, titled “Mother’s Love”, painted in pastel on canvas. “Mother and child is one of my favorite subjects to paint. The inspiration for these paintings come from my own childhood and my relationship with my own mother,” he explained.

As for Monserrat Muros, her favorite among her showcased paintings is a picture of a child praying, titled “Panalangin”, painted in oil on canvas. What makes the painting striking for her is that a child praying is a precious and priceless moment. Being able to watch a child pray, unbridled by negative thoughts, is one of the most pleasant subjects she was able to paint.

“A heART U Share is not simply an ordinary exhibit for its purpose is to help through art. We invited artists to showcase their God-given talent to us, and by buying their artworks, we also help an institution to generate funds for their daily operations. As UnionBankers, we live the value of Ubuntu – we engage the community because a person becomes human only when he belongs. And this is how we give back to the community,” said Kim Richard Unidad, UnionBank’s risk and compliance manager and organizer of the exhibit.

Other featured artists include Aaron Villamayor Bautista, Berny Supsupin, Charlie Val, Nani Reyes, Norberto “Ambhet” Lugtu, and Carlos “Totong” Francisco II.