The art of giving

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PARTING is such sweet sorrow, it is said.

But sorrow was not there when a prominent art collectors handed over treasured pieces to gather funds for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

The “Art is Hope” auction at the Finale Art File at La Fuerza Compound along Chino Roces Ave. in Makati City.


Proceeds from the successful auction totaling P3.93 million went to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) and the University of Cebu’s shelter projects.

Francisco Dizon, the guy behind the auction, is not one who likes to blow his horn; deciding to just keep to himself a post-event press statement he prepared after the auction.

Asked why he organized the auction, the Sun.Star Publishings Inc. Board of Directors member and president of Sun Savings Bank’s answer revealed a man for whom helping is just a natural thing to do.

“Why I helped? I saw the need. That is what prompted me, the desire to help,” he said.

Dizon collects artworks, and they are among his prized possessions. He, however, gladly gave up his Rodel Tapaya painting that was hanging in his Manila office for the auction.

“You know, in Manila, there are regular auctions for commercial purposes. One time, the Leon Gallery owner dropped by my office, I think that was during the first week of October before the earthquake. Since I was not there, he just looked around, and later called me saying ‘You have a Rodel Tapaya painting in your office. Might you be interested to auction it off?’”

Tapaya paintings are sought-after pieces because his works are hard to find. Many collectors, therefore, were interested in the artist so that there was a good demand for his paintings.

“I took that as the sign, as the painting would fetch a good price, and I don’t have to choose and think anymore (what painting to donate for the auction), because somebody chose it for me. It was a sign that God wanted me to give that one up,” he said.

Rafi reported that 260 families in the towns of Tabogon and Borbon in northern Cebu received shelter kits purchased using funds from the auction last Jan. 8 to 9. Another 200 families in Ormoc City also got shelter kits last Feb. 3 from the same fund source.

“Although the foundation also spent its own resources in its relief effort, it could not have reached more survivors without our donors. We continue with our relief works confident that we are backed by selfless and generous people,” said Rafi chief operating officer Dominica B. Chua, in thanking Dizon and his fellow art collectors.

For Dizon, though, he just wanted to help without fanfare and noise. That is something many people find difficult to do. (Rafi/Rene Martel)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 06, 2014.


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