Kim Richard Unidad | September 20, 2019
UnionBank’s award-winning GoBeyond Communities program encourages UnionBankers to promote our personal advocacies to gain greater support from fellow team members. As someone who hails from the “art capital of the Philippines”, Angono, Rizal, I have always wanted to promote our local painters at my workplace. This led to the idea of organizing a fundraising art exhibit called A heART U Share at the UnionBank Plaza.
Last August, with support from our key sponsors UnionBank HR CSR Manager Ilene Geronimo and UnionBank HR Director Michelle Rubio, we mounted the A heART U Share art exhibit (our third time) in partnership with the Angono Artists Association (AAA) at UnionBank’s headquarters in Ortigas.
Along with promoting and selling their impressive paintings, the Angono artists also help others by donating a portion of their sales to SOS Children’s Villages. The non-profit organization was chosen by AAA for its good reputation and advocacy of helping abandoned children. Paintings showcased at the exhibit evoked positive messages depicting childhood memories and Filipino culture and traditions.
According to Mr. Frederick Sausa, AAA President, they are thankful that they were given a chance to exhibit their artworks in UnionBank and at the same time to help in the fundraising. This was the first time that they had an exhibit in a bank as they usually have them in an art gallery or a mall.
The artists, accompanied by representatives from SOS Children’s’ Villages, were able to meet a new audience, art lovers and collectors from the banking industry including the special guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony — our President & CEO Edwin Bautista, Commercial Banking Center Head Roberto Abastillas, and many more senior officers of the bank.
Art collections are a form of investment, especially if the artists are famous or world renown and the value of their paintings are appraised. Think of the likes of Angono’s own, National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Truthfully, the Philippine art scene is very competitive. But while there are many artists who come from different places, there is one special reason that perhaps explains why there is a lot of visual artist in my hometown. Known as the Angono Petroglyphs, these rock carvings are the oldest known works of art in the Philippines and are said to be from before 2000 B.C.
We hope this project continues, both for the love of art and helping the community.
Kim Unidad’s poems inspired by paintings exhibited at A HeART U Share
Shut Up! Keep Quiet!
(Inspired by the painting of the same title by Frederick Sausa)
When I was just a little girl,
I talk too much,
Because I want to say,
Everything inside my mind.
It is important,
That they know,
That I know.
That I am no longer,
A little girl,
I am a grown up,
Just like them.
That I am right,
I never tell a lie,
I saw what I saw,
And that is the truth.
Ako Ang Hari
(Inspired by the painting ‘The Party’ by Manuel Unidad Chua)
Nasa akin na ang lahat ng bagay,
Ngunit wala pa ring saysay,
Kung ikaw ay wala sa aking buhay,
Mas nanaisin ko pang mamatay.
Kaya kong bilhin ang lahat ng nasa lupa,
Ngunit hindi pa rin ako masaya,
Dahil sa akin ikaw ay wala,
Hindi langit sa piling ng iba.
Ako ay makapangyarihan,
Sa akin ay maraming sunud sunuran,
Ngunit sa puso mo ako’y walang laban,
Alipin mo ako at tau tauhan.
Ano ang laban ng hari sa DIYOSa?
Lahat ng bagay ay bale wala,
Dahil lahat ng ito sa iyo nagmula,
Ako ang hari at ikaw ang aking reyna.
Alaala ng Kahapon
(Inspired by the painting ‘Reminiscing the Past’ by Vic Gamido Jr., 25″ diameter, acrylic on canvas)
Sa aking paglalakbay,
Nasa harap ko ang kinabukasan,
Nasa likod ko ang nakaraan,
Halika sama ka.
Sa iyong pagsakay,
Sa aking sasakyan,
Sabay tayong maglalakbay,
Sa byahe ng buhay.
May mga diretso,
May mga paliko liko,
May mga kurbada,
May taas baba.
Ang sigurado ko lang sa iyo,
Ay makakarating tayo,
Kahit saan magtungo,
Sa huling tibok ng ating puso.
Huwag Kang Susuko
(Inspired by the painting ‘After the Storm’ by Jan P. Blanco)
Ako ay anak ng mangingisda,
Araw araw ay sakay ng bangka,
Kasama ng aking ama,
Lumulusong sa dagat ng pag-asa.
Humihiling ng mga biyaya,
Sa makapangyarihang Bathala,
Na makahuli ng maraming isda,
Upang kahirapan ay mawala.
Hindi susuko sa pagsubok ng buhay,
Sa lakas ng agos ay hindi magpapatangay,
Lalaban hanggang sa mamatay,
Upang makamtan ang tagumpay.
Ang buhay ay parang pangingisda,
Kailangan ay sipag at tiyaga,
Dasal at pananalig sa Kanya,
Mabuting ani’y sa kanya magmumula.
Sa totoo lang, hindi lahat ng mga pintor ng Angono ay maganda ang estado sa buhay. Tanging talento lamang sa pagpipinta ang kanilang puhunan.
May isang member ng AAA na PWD ngunit ang kanyang kapansanan ay hindi naging hadlang upang ipagpatuloy ang kanyang passion sa art.
Kaya maraming salamat sa mga tumangkilik ng proyektong ito. Sana balang araw ay may sumunod pa.
– Kim Unidad, UnionBank Accounts Manager and art advocate