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Well-known artists lend their support to Filipina Art and Fashion Fair

MANILA, Philippines - Well-known artists and designers lend their support to Zonta Club of Makati & Environs Foundation by donating art and fashion pieces for Zonta-Makati’s first “Filipina Art and Fashion Fair” on Sept. 12-14 at the Rockwell Tent in Rockwell Center, Makati City.
The one-time fund-raising event will help Zonta-Makati implement its various works in advancing the status of women in the country, providing educational, livelihood, medical, and psychosocial projects for women in poor areas of Makati and Taguig and supporting the rehabilitation center for sexually abused girls aged six to 17 at Marillac Hills in Muntinlupa City.
“While enjoying the offerings of the fair, shoppers will also help Zonta-Makati in its advocacy to end violence against women and girls,” says Rosie D. Go, president.
Among the art pieces to be made available at the fair are works of Joy Mallari, Sokratis Romilios, Manny Baldemor, Geraldine Javier, Jon Santos, Pam Santos, Lydia Velasco, Pablo Capati, Maria Taniguchi, Lui Medina, Jim Orencio, Ambie Ambano, Sheen Ochavez, and J.A. Tan, an autistic child who is a nephew of Zonta member Vivian Uy.
Works of Ginny Alcaide, Wawi Navarosa, Ruel and Marina Cruz, Patty Eustaquio, Ramon Orlina, Fred Cacnio, Olivia d’Aboville, Hermes Alegre, Ambassador Theo Arnold, Betsy Westerndorp, and Gordon Lee are also available.
“Our lead artist, Joy Mallari, allowed us to use her original work called ‘Ligaw’, now in the Pinto Museum of art collector Dr. Joven Cuanang , in issuing 15 limited editions of its print,” says Maritess M. Pineda, chairman of FilipinaZ Art and Fashion Fair.
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Clothes donated by designers Rajo Laurel, Paul Cabral, Vania Romoff, Tessie Alvarez, Carlo Calma, Robin Thomas, Maureen Disini and TC Sibal of Two Chic, among others, are also going to be available.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, one-of-a-kind Rimowa luggage donated by Eman Pineda that artists Rodel Tapaya, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo, and MM Yu painted on will be auctioned off at the Rockwell Tent following a panel discussion on “Who Determines the Value of Art?”.
The session will be conducted by the Salcedo Institute of Arts, which serves as its launching project, and will have broadcast journalist Karen Davila as moderator and Kim Atienza (collector); London-based Tony Godfrey (educator); and Patrick Flores (curator) as members of the panel.
The milestone event, which marks the departure of Zonta-Makati from its annual pre-Christmas bazaar, will also help the club’s other projects such as its Center for Women Empowerment at the Centennial Village in Taguig City.
The Center offers disadvantaged women livelihood skills such as bag and jewelry making, sewing, reflexology, and food preservation and given start-up capital for their micro-businesses for their economic advancement.
The women are also given seminars on their legal rights and undergo free breast screening and Pap Smear examination for early cancer detection, which are in line with the goal of Zonta International, of which Zonta-Makati is a member, to advance the status of women through their economic, educational, legal, political, health and professional improvement.
During the fair, shoppers will find lovely bags donated by Amina Aranaz, Bea Valdes, Stella McCartney, Mia Arcenas and Carla Sta. Cruz. Capricho jewelry pieces
Zonta patrons will also see jewelry creations of Elizabeth Fernandez Campos, Calima Colombian Jewelry, and Michelline Syjuco; rare vintage jewelry from Finders Keepers; accessories from Beatriz and John Paras; and lulu dk tattoos of Casey Marty, among others.
Invited retailers will also present their latest children and teen clothes, shoes, caftans, shawls, accessories, tableware, home décor items, and terrariums.
There will be a row of galleries with art from Migs Villanueva, the Coching family, Galerie Stephanie, Archivo 1984, Inday Cadapan, Ross Capili, and the Baldemors—Wilson and Charming.

Helping the Makati Zontians raise funds are sponsors Toyota, Security Bank, Sunlife, Fitrum and SipagVillar.  For details, call the Zonta Secretariat at 869-4280 or 0906-3632007.
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