Mga anak at mga ina
by Johsa Manzanilla
Photos by Andrew Aviso and Alark Co.
On Saturday, May 5th, Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan hosted a fun afternoon of canvas acrylic painting in honour of Mother’s Day. The “ANAK presents Ina” event featured a piece by local Filipino-Canadian artist Jogin Tamayo, who is known for his use of various forms of paints in depictions of people within their native environments.
The event was presented in collaboration with Lyn and Lou Alarkon of Alark Co. and their Pinta! Paint Series, which pairs rising Manitoba artists with local not-for-profits like ANAK to fundraise for a good cause.
About 40 painters were guided through two hours of creative expression, with Jogin going through each step, providing tips, and explaining the various methods of how to work with the tools. The abstract-style scene featured a mother and child in the foreground, set in the late evening by the water, with an island in the distance under swirling clouds in violet haze. Those in attendance were free to personalize their art as much as they wanted – from adding a cityscape on the island rather than a palm tree, some mountains and a nipa hut – to changing the embroidery pattern on the cloth.
The goal of the event was to raise funds for the ANAK Liwayway Scholarship for Leadership Excellence, given to deserving graduating grade 12 students of Filipino-Canadian descent for their post-secondary studies who demonstrate a commitment to preserving and promoting Philippine heritage.