Friday, February 15, 2008

Wawi Navarroza doll at "Manikako, Future Ko!" art exhibit + benefit auction

Start: Feb 16, '08 5:30p
End: Feb 23, '08
Location: The Podium mall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

“Manikako, Future Ko!” is an art exhibit and auction of more than 100 dolls by 100 different artists. This fund-raiser benefits the House of Comfort Art Network (ArtHOC), a nonprofit organization that hosts free art workshops for underprivileged children.

Put together by ArtHOC and the Liongoren Gallery, the Manikako, Future Ko! auction opens on February 16, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at the Podium in Ortigas Center. Doll creations by National Artists Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Napoleon Abueva, and Abdulmari Imao, and other Filipino artists will be up at a starting bid of P500 each.

Other participating artists include Leo Abaya, Cynthia Alexander, Joan Bitangcol, Plet Bolipata, Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, Angel Cacnio, Bea Camacho, Sid Hildawa, Abdulmari Imao, Katwo, and Wawi Navarroza, among others.

Exhibit and daily doll workshops run until February 23.

Other partners in the Manikako, Future Ko! event include the Podium Y&R Philippines Britania Art Projects, Segue, and the UP Delta Lamda Sigma Sorority Alumnae Inc.


The weeklong fair will open with a performance of the pangalay from dance scholar Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa. For the main event, to be managed by ArtHOC and the Liongoren Gallery, the doll creations of National Artists Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Napoleon Abueva, Abdulmari Imao and other Filipino artists will be up for the exhibit and auction. Artist-critic Cid Reyes, will be the auctioneer. Auction will start at 5pm with a starting bid of P500 for all dolls.

This fair gathers together the efforts of a wide variety of groups such as: ManikaManila, avid collectors of ball-jointed dolls; Mistula, concept doll band; Pilipinas Street Plan, talented grafitti artists; Sewing Circle, needlepoint craft enthusiasts; Y&R Creatives; Superficial Girls; and, INK or Illustrador ng Kabataan whose works breathe life into Filipino children’s literature.

Capping the week is Salamat sa ‘yo, Manikako!, a thanksgiving celebration for everyone who has lent their time, efforts, resources, ideas and talents to make the doll fair possible. The theme song of Manikako will be performed by Mistula featuring Vim Nadera, multi-awarded writer and UP professor, with the Cambridge kids. Joining the celebration are Moonstar88 and Ciudad, among others.

Visit and learn how scraps of fabric, old clothes, sewing materials, and funds raised from events such as doll auctions and doll kit booths, can give hope to underprivileged children.


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