Monthly Archives: July 2015

Karapatan, kin of political prisoners thank showbiz personalities for support

Karapatan and relatives of political prisoners lauded the efforts of The Actors Guild of the Philippines and the Film Artists Group led by human rights advocate and artist Maria Isabel Lopez and beauty queen Evangeline Pascual in mounting the successful benefit exhibit of showbiz personalities for the campaign and welfare fund of political prisoners in the Philippines.

The exhibit dubbed “PortrAYAL (LAYA): Portraits for Freedom” opened on July 5 at the ART Center in Megamall Building A, Mandaluyong City. Karapatan and relatives of political prisoners, as beneficiaries of the said project, attended the opening. Former political prisoner Rep. Neri Colmenares, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former Rep. Liza Maza, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, actor Pen Medina, scriptwriter Ricky Lee also attended the exhibit opening to lend their support for the project.

Lopez and Pascual, officers of the Guild, enjoined several showbiz personalities who are visual artists themselves to contribute their paintings for the said benefit exhibit. Among those who contributed their artworks were: Heart Evangelista, Vanessa “Bangs” Garcia, Jao Mapa, Mara Lopez, Melissa Mendez, Lani Lobangco, Lotlot de Leon, Cris Villanueva, Dranreb Belleza, Nadia Montenegro, Heber Bartolome, Ernie Garcia, Baron Geisler, Cesar Montano, Louie Ignacio, Rosanna Roces, Precy de Guzman-Brady, among others. The exhibit runs until July 7.

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, in the opening program, thanked the artists for their support to the political prisoners and human rights causes in the country.

“Political prisoners defend and uphold the people’s democratic rights, including the freedom of expression and the right to uphold and fight for their political beliefs. Peace consultants Alan Jazmines, Eduardo Sarmiento, Renante Gamara and Adelberto Silva are artists at the forefront of the people’s movement for the defense of these rights and for genuine change,” she stated.

Nikki Gamara, daughter of political prisoner Renante Gamara, said “It is a comfort to us relatives that the support for the release of my father and all political prisoners is gaining ground. We highly appreciate their solidarity through their artworks and encouraging words.”

On July 24 to 25, Karapatan and the End Impunity Alliance are scheduled to mount another exhibit of portraits of political prisoners by renowned social realists such as Neil Doloricon and Egay Fernandez, feminist artists from Kasibulan and young activist-artists at the Maximillan Gallery, Po’s Building, Tomas Morato corner Scout Madriñan, Quezon City.

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Every day is a blessing


I’ve been writing about my cousin Cez here and in my other blogs since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Despite her condition and struggles with the treatment she still possesses that positive attitude in life. I could be whining with a lot of things that beset me everyday but here is the person with a lot bigger problem than I am and still remain positive that she’ll be healed one day. Last June 28 was her 46th birthday and I called her up to greet her. It’s been a while since we last saw each other. What she tells me struck a chord master with me. She said she is thankful that she wakes up every day, she feels the love of her love ones and that she can still go to work. She’s an amazing person and deserve all the best things in life.

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Portraits for Freedom

I received an invitation to an art exhibit organized by the Actors Guild of the Philippines for the benefit of Karapatan’s Free All Political Prisoners Campaign and Welfare Fund.

Portraits for Freedom

The Actors Guild of the Philippines in cooperation with the Mendez Big and Small Art Co. and The Film Artist Group presents the benefit exhibit for Karapatan’s Free All Political Prisoners Campaign and Welfare Fund entitled “PortrAYAL (LAYA) 1: Portraits for Freedom” featuring the artworks of Heber Bartolome, Reb Belleza, Lotlot de Leon, Heart Evangelista, Ernie Garcia, Valerie “Bangs” Garcia, Baron Geisler, Louie Ignacio, Lani Lobangco-Santos, Maria Isabel Lopez, Jao Mapa, Melissa Mendez, Cesar Montano, Nadia Montenegro, Evangeline Pascual, Rosannna Roces, Cris Villanueva, and others. Opening cocktails for the exhibit will be on July 4, 5pm at the Art Center, SM Megamall, 4th Floor, Bldg. A, Mandaluyong City. Exhibit runs until July 7, 2015.