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'ArTabang 3' raises P50-M in 5 hours

Philippine Information Agency
13 Dec 2019, 22:38 GMT+10

CEBU CITY, Dec. 12 (PIA) -- The fundraising and charity event "ArTabang 3" raised P50 million in five hours during its successful auction and exhibit of artworks of Filipino artists.

Held on Dec. 7, 2019, ArTabang 3 showcased the finest work of Filipino art from all over the Philippines.

In its third installment, ArTabang aimed to showcase the underrated talents of local artists, as well as help the victims of the Mindanao earthquake and the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Tisoy.

Prominent personalities from around the country joined the exhibit and placed bids on their chosen artwork.

Around 300 paintings were exhibited during the event, of which 30 massive collaboration paintings were put up for the silent auction while majority of the art pieces were on sale.

"Tonight, every sale we make, for the auction pieces, 50 percent will go to the beneficiaries, and the other 50 percent will go to the artists' organization. For the individual paintings that they are selling, 100 percent will go to them," said Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino who was one of the organizers of the event.

Beneficiaries of the said charity event are the artists' organizations such as Art Association of the Philippines, Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines Inc., Art Association of Bacolod, Orange Project, Viva Excon Organization Inc., Onse, MASS: Mobile Art and Science Space, Block 17 Cebu Artists, Inc., and Southwestern Art Club.

ArTabang was organized by the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch '85 Foundation and was founded in 2013.

Dino also praised the artists who took part in the charity.

"You, mga artists natin, yung mga contemporary artists natin, incredible, world class talaga. When you look at the paintings tonight, world class. You can never find these kinds of artworks outside the Philippines," he said.

The first ArTabang was held in 2013 where over P6 million worth of paintings were sold in six hours for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda victims.

ArTabang 2 in 2017 managed to raise P12 million and was donated to those affected by the Ormoc earthquake.

The Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch '85 Foundation is set to donate the proceeds to the charitable institutions. (PR)

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