Tabang your Bae! Artists give back to survivors of Typhoon Odette


WHEN Bernard Restificar of Oikos Orchard and Farm saw the devastation wrought by Typhoon Odette in his neighborhood (Barangay Bae in Sibonga, Cebu), he knew artist Celso Pepito was the person to call for help.

What Pepito saw prompted him to start an art exhibit dubbed “Tabang ta Bae” in ArtPortalCebu, solely to raise funds for typhoon survivors whose homes were destroyed.

When his artist peers at Cebu Artists Incorporated (CAI) found out, they also joined in the exhibit. Local artists gave back, offering their paintings to the cause which is a project also done in coordination with Danny Reyes del Sol’s Mirasol Outreach Foundation Inc. (along with Secours Populaire Français, Manila Art Foundation and Zonta Fort Bonifacio ). The outreach foundation asked Pepito to look for typhoon survivors who needed help and promised to give them water purifiers.

CAI artists who donated their paintings were Maria Lida Aguilar, Cesar Castillo, Jess Dinglasa, John Dinglasa, Renulo Pautan, Celso Pepito, Fe Madrid Pepito, Lucilo Sagayno, Marlone Ylanan and Sonia Yrastorza.

Other donors were Jonathan Enad of Carcar; New York’s Romeo Cortez; Joel Cristobal de Baras, Rizal; Angelico Villanueva de Montalban, Rizal; Aladdin Antiqueno of GK College; Neptalia Aunzo of Antipolo, Rizal; Nantes Carandang de Montalban, Rizal; Sherwin Gonzales of Baler, Aurora; and Charlie Co of Bacolod.

Among the collectors who answered the call to help Odette survivors were David and Debbie Aguilar, Rebie Victolero Abas, Armida Caguitla, Glenn and Marisse Dongallo, Argee Gallardo, Gordon Alan Joseph, Dr Adonis Jurado, Beatriz Kyamko, Raul Luis Manaligod, Mr. and Mrs. Van Montecillo, Jane Panganiban, Mayette Flormarie Puao, Patricia Ranises and Kristin Seno.

The group identified 40 beneficiary families in Bae whose homes were totally damaged. They will receive 10 galvanized iron sheets and two kilos of umbrella nails which, according to the captain of Bae’s barangay (Marcelino Padigos), are initial materials that can help survivors begin to rebuild their homes. The same materials will be given to identified survivors of Typhoon Odette in the towns of Liloan and Consolacion, Cebu.

“Tabang ta Bae” is a platform where well-meaning artists have donated their artworks to help the survivors of Typhoon Odette, and it allows collectors to acquire artworks with the aim of helping the survivors of Typhoon Odette. Although the exhibition ended on January 15 at ArtPortalCebu, the group will still welcome donations until the end of February.

The official distribution of building materials for Barangay Bae will take place on January 22, 2022 at Oikos Orchard and Farm at 11 a.m., following Mass at 10 a.m.

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