Passions and Obsessions

Going, going, gone: Botong artwork, Dali prints in online auction for a cause

Indeed, it takes a village, and all 454 lots were pooled together from the personal collections of parishioners

"Women Cooking" by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Certified print

For years, October 4, feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, was traditionally when Santuario de San Antonio Parish (SSAP) celebrated its biggest annual fundraiser. The yearly Francisfest concert would never fail to fill the parish grounds to the brim with the town’s movers and shakers.

COVID-19 upended all such festivities. In 2020, the committee immediately shifted gears and an online art auction, SpectaculART, was conceptualized to raise much-needed support for SSAP’s countless outreach programs, while unprecedented lockdowns were in place.

“La Jota” by Carlos “Botong” Francisco, watercolor on paper

Fast-forward to this October 2021’s celebration which showcases SpectaculART 2, a more ambitious online art auction expanded to include jewelry, silverware, furniture, and other collectibles for the home.

“We are especially excited for SpectaculART2, an improved and upgraded version of retail therapy guaranteed to make you feel good while raising money to help those in need,” says Pin Cojuangco Guingona, this year’s auction committee chair. On the block from October 1 to 3 is a broad and diverse selection, ranging from pieces by up and coming names in the local art scene, to works by esteemed Filipino artists such as National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Mauro “Malang” Santos, and Anita Magsaysay Ho. Also going under the gavel are prints by Salvador Dali and John Lennon. Fine, estate, and artisan jewelry as well as antique, vintage, and contemporary furniture and objects complete the line-up.

Indeed, it takes a village, and it is meaningful to note that all 454 lots were pooled together from the personal collections of parishioners—“mostly from our families, friends, and neighbors,” shares SpectaculArt Committee member Micki Poe.

Turquoise brooch in white gold

“From the young art aficionado to the veteran collector—there is something for everyone in this virtual high-end market,” adds Jun Alvendia, Francisfest 2021 Chairman. We invite everyone to bid, and to bid generously!”

A thanksgiving concert aptly dubbed “Songs on the Wings of Hope” will be hosted by philanthropist parishioner Jose Mari Chan

To pique the interest of prospective buyers, the committee tapped well-known tastemakers to name their “pick of the lot.” Interested parties can check out SpectaculART2’s Instagram (@spectaculart.ph) and Facebook (SpectaculART) for a peek at the top choices of art connoisseurs Lisa Ongpin-Periquet, co-founder of Art Fair Philippines (La Jota by Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Mandaluyong by Christian Casimiro, turquoise brooch); Jaime Ponce de Leon, director of Leon Gallery (Plantita 1 by Marissa Lopa, gadur in brass with silver inlay, Baccarat decanter); and Richie Lerma, director of Salcedo Auctions (Celeste by Impy Pilapil, 18k white gold earrings with 1.84 and 1.8 carats, Kosme the Cop by Mauro Malang Santos), along with those of other lifestyle personalities.

Gadur in brass inlaid in silver

Rounding off this year’s Francisfest celebration is a Thanksgiving concert aptly dubbed “Songs on the Wings of Hope” hosted by philanthropist parishioner Jose Mari Chan. The free online concert will feature virtual performances by Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcacid, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The Company, and Richard Merk. Simply visit Santuario de San Antonio Parish Facebook Page and Santuario de San Antonio Youtube Channel on October 4, Monday, at 8 pm to enjoy the free concert.

“Plantita 1” by Marissa Lopa

Preview of selected items upon request through FB (SpectaculART) and Instagram (@spectaculart.ph). Online bidding is from October 1 to 3 at www.spectaculartph.com.

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