Meet the distinguished personalities who made this ambitious project a reality, bridging mentors, advisers, philanthropists and volunteers beyond borders, from opposite time zones, while working together in a "new normal" that promotes digital learning and extend learning to tribal communities.
Nemesio “Nemi” R. Miranda Jr. born on Valentine's Day, also known as Nemiranda, is a famous painter and sculptor in Angono, Rizal nominated for NCCA 2021 National Artist Visual Arts category. He gained fame as the forerunner the art form “Imaginative Figurism”. He has a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from UST, Manila, Philippines. Read more of his outstanding life achievements and famous works.
EMMANUEL "Manny" GARIBAY, Master Artist and Mentor, a Fine Arts and Sociology graduate, Master of Divinity author of "Where God Is" published in USA, a multi-awarded international artist who provides guidance, mentors young artists into a deeper understanding of their craft, inspired by historical, socio-political experiences as their starting points and allows the complex narratives in their works to evolve. He assisted our 2020 Mangyan Art Reach and mural painting.
RENATO “Ato” HABULAN, renowned Godfather of Social Realism emerging from Martial Law era, he graduated from University of the East School of Fine Arts, he mentors artists seeking expressions bordering on socio-economic issues relevant to the times. Gawad CCP sa Sining Biswal raking in 13 awards in 1990, including Outstanding visual artist of the decade. He curated the Ortigas 2020 Art Fair.
Orley Ypon was hailed as the ARC Living Master in 2012. A self-taught artist, Orley gained attention when he won the First Prize in the Art Association of the Philippines’ National On-The-Spot Painting Competition in 2001 and the Art Petron National Painting Competition, Grand Prize 2001. He won the Grand Prize in the same competition for the second time in 2004 earning him the honor of being the first Hall-of-Famer in the history of the Art Petron Painting Competitions. In 2008, Orley won the 2nd Prize in the GSIS Painting Competition for his piece, “Ahon”, considered by peers and critics to be a breakthrough creation for its adherence to traditional technique. Today, Orley is responsible for Realism Art Revival Movement through his own Aroma Art Gallery at Toledo, Cebu.
JUN IMPAS, Master Portrait Artist, consistent Winner at major competitions such as GSIS, Martino Abellana, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, incl. 1st prize winner at Fernando Amorsolo Painting Competition Mentor Category Regional Level and 1st prize winner at the Fernando Amorsolo Painting Competition Mentor Category-National Level. In photo during a plein air session at Central Park NYC 2018.
MARK LLOYD BELICARIO is the President and Mentor of Aroma Art Atelier originally trained by its Founder and Living Master Orley Ypon, he won several competitions, and recently in the 14th Annual ARC Solon Jury’s Choice Award, Portrait category and will receive the grand prize scholarship at TIAC Academy in Florence, Italy in 2020-2021 under the European Master Odd Nerdrum.
OTHONIEL "Otto" NERI, Mentor and Master of Plein-Air, from East to West across the globe, captures nature at its best, executed in contemporary realism, at times hyper-realism that's almost thee-dimensional, a prolific innovator of arts, his rendering of pop multiculturalism speaks of his adventures that sets him apart in contemporary arts. He painted the face of Marian, a special ed child from our Mangyan Village Art Reach 2020 inspiring tribal kids.
ART ZAMORA, Master Artist and Mentor, President of Society of Philippine American Artists based in New York, honored with an "Art Zamora Day" declared by the San Francisco Mayor, he is the go-to person of artists seeking refuge at the Big Apple, a realist turned abstract expressionist, best known for his series of "Zircular" exhibited globally during the last decade. He participates in our annual mural painting at Roosevelt Island NYC, and brings guests artists.
Julio "Jojo" Austria, Mentor, connected at MOMA NYC, graduated Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas, a recipient of the 2009 Asian Artist Fellowship Award in Vermont Studio Center, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grantee for the Ox-Bow School for the Arts in 2010 and a Ruth Katzman scholarship awardee by the Vytlacil Campus of the Arts student League in New York. A sentimental soul always ready to help.
CAROL TANJUTCO, JD CPA, visual artist, author, journalist, attorney, she joined the art classes of Ayala Museum under Stella Rojas and Master Renato Habulan Jr. Featured Artist of Makati City 2004, with solo and benefit shows at Phil. Center NYC 2004, Museo ng Makati, Glorietta Center and Megamall Manila, muralist at Roosevelt Island NYC. Visit her Poetry on Canvas section.
Dr. ROMULO AROMIN, JR. MD, Trustee-President oversees major collaboration projects, an art patron, a Thomasian board certified physician in Adult, Child and Adolescent, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, he is the International Liaison and Chair of Miss Republic of the Philippines pageant, a staunch supporter of various charities, Knights of Rizal and LGBTQIA initiatives.
FANNY BLANCO, Vice President in charge of our Philippine operations, a philanthropist, Makati realtor, artist and art collector, past president of the Inner Wheel Club of Manila, past president of Catholic Women’s Club and member of Zonta Club of Makati (Zonta International) empowering women, and member of Makati Artsts Guild exhibitng for non-profit conservation projects.
Accountant PORSHA SEECHUNG, Secretary/Treasurer, oversees large non-profit projects as financial analyst, her knowledge in taxation helped independent artists immensely. She also manages a travel business, travel blog, an avid diver whose adventure to off the beaten paths has raised awareness for wildlife preservation and sustainability.
Realtor from Cainta, Rizal. a philanthropist and founder-supporter of the artists group Hubog Sining based at her hometown, RUBEE ALCANTARA has actively participated in all exhibitions for a cause initiated by Carol Tanjutco and Renato Habulan's Makati Artists Guild, her latest group show at Megamall ART Center 2020 was well-attended, benefitting 18 artists. In photo with Master Nemi Miranda, Master Juror at EEC Fourth of July 2020 Virtual Art Exhibit and Matanglawin competition.
Fr. LOU, as affectionately called by his parishioners at Roosevelt Island, NYC helped immensely with the spiritual well-being of New Yorkers who found themselves sheltered at home at the height of pandemic from March to July 2020, he offered online masses three times a week, a voluntary endeavor. He is also an artist his paintings may be found at FB @Paintings by Louis Scurti. He founded FriendsoftheWord.org.
RACHEL GRANT, our Ambassador of Goodwill is Ambassador of the Béarn in France, actress at James Bond 007 sequel, Die Another Day, Bravo TV Tour Group, Global Ambassador of Human Kind products turned animal activist, and now married to Shark Tank's entrepreneur-owner of Biaggi Luggages, Stephen Hersh, she helped us launched our NYC auction in January 2020.
Our Mangyan Outreach for 2022 is geared towards distribution of masks and school supplies, unlike the previous years where art activities and mural interaction took center stage.
The first Mangyan Art Reach in March 2020 proved to be a huge success. Several other teachers from different villages are requesting our assistance to visit their schools to conduct similar art classes. The children felt very much appreciated and were able to express themselves in creative ways, along with the principal and the teachers. Master artist Othoniel Neri supervised the various break-out groups with Teacher Marita. Master Manny Garibay helped in the mural painting. We involved the Municipal Mayor to sign their certificates, the local Rotarian Engr. Ed Axalan sponsored the house paint for mural and Tamaraw Beach sponsored the children's snacks. This is our community working in unison for progress and fun learning.
Year 2020 was our second chance to visit the Mangyan Village, to interact with families and children, we brought art materials, commemorative t-shirts, and masks, as we listened to what the community needs. After our founder's first visit in 2019, the new principal Marizel Axalan coordinated with us for this event. They joined us in a momentous mural painting of their school building, to remind them of the happy time we shared.
While galleries are closed at this time of pandemic, plans are underway to bring back fine arts to select mega halls and shopping centers where the natural art market may be found, for the benefit of noble causes including preservation and restoration of historic sites (Museo ng Makati 2012), conservation of wildlife and endangered species (Philippine Eagle). In addition,our island artists also benefit from the group show exposure.
Eagle Eye Charities joined the Coffee Run project providing coffee and food for frontliners during the height of pandemic. NYU Langone staff at Manhattan gladly accepted our token of gratitude.
While strolling at Central Park, we memorialized that moment in a canvas and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow artists. In photo are (seated) Darby Alcoseba, (R-L) Greta Lood, Jun Impas, Othoniel Neri and Orley Ypon. Summer 2019 at NYC
Artists quietly work in their studios but they are among the professions with the biggest hearts, ready and wiling to contribute their talents, albeit, in all humility, the only resource they might have are their paintings. In this photo, the founder spearheaded a "Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda" benefit auction (2014) that brought together more than 30 artists within one week of call. Americans and Filipino performing artists did their share by providing entertainment to guests at Philippine Center, NYC. Food and drinks were all donated in the true spirit of "Bayanihan."
The visiting Master showed us how to paint a mural in less than 3 hours, en plein air scene of the Queensborough Bridge across Roosevelt Island. With guests artists (R-L) Orley Ypon, EEC advisers Jojo Austria, Art Zamora and visiting artist Sam Penaso. October 2014 NYC
Every year, Roosevelt Island NYC hosts Fall for the Arts Festival where we participate in a mural painting fun in October. This mural designed by Carol Tanjutco honors the WWII guerillas forgotten by USA, including Carol's father and uncle who both received the Congressional Medal of Honor thru Gen. Antonio Taguba of FilVetRep.org October 2018
Master classes are organized for those who want to further sharpen their skills or learn a new technique from colleagues. Masters of different genre have willingly assisted artists who are ready to learn. Due to Covid pandemic, in classes are not scheduled anytime soon.
Winter 2020 art auction held at Philippine Center, participated by 15 artists and New York based performing artists Band of Brothers and Miss RP2020 Excelsa De Jesus, who entertained the guests. Raffle sponsor is our Ambassador of Goodwill Rachel Grant.
Our Mangyan Art Reach 2020 at Iraya Mangyan Village , Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. Grades 4, 5 and 6 of Talipanan Mangyan School participated in 2-day Art On The Rocks painting and Mural Painting fun. Special Ed children were allowed as part of their therapy. Mayor of Puerto Galera and Councilor participated. in awarding rites.
Aroma Art Atelier students and mentors conducted on-the-spot-painting in celebration of National Arts Month, as caught on national TV Patrol. (in Cebu dialect).
Eagle Eye Charities support sustainable fashion, crafts, livelihood and backyard industry. From the weavers of the Philippines to New York, fashioned by Joseph Aloysius, community leaders showed off and auctioned the garment pieces for their livelihood program. Held on Februar 1, 2018 at Philippine Center, NYC.
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