Students of art classes at Makati City’s Sunshine Place’s—Acrylic, Diamond, and Porcelain Painting, and Ikebana-Sogetsu—last October mounted the Coloring Lives II exhibit organized by FTS Foundation, not only to showcase their artworks but to raise funds for the San Lorenzo Ruiz Center for the Elderly.
Sunshine Place, together with painting students and their mentors, visited the elderly home to turn over its donation from proceeds of the Coloring Lives exhibit.
Also present were Coloring Lives exhibitors Gloria Sun-Pe, Meliza Gonzales, Loida Tan, Vicky Pollisco, Rosalinda Lim Ng, and Neny Regino together with their mentors Fidel Sarmiento, Mee Lee Casey, Robert Fernandez, and Tere Boisier.
Aside from the financial donation, two acrylic paintings measuring 4 x 8 meters now adorn the lobby of the home for the elderly, giving it a colorful and cheerful atmosphere. It is a product of the interaction among the elderly residents of San Lorenzo Ruiz Center for the Elderly and Sunshine Place instructors and art students.
Located in Pasay City, the home for the elderly is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international religious congregation founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan.
San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly was inaugurated on December 17, 2005 by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. It is one of two homes for the elderly that the congregation manages, the other being St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly located in Pangasinan.
Residents of the home are men and women 65 years old and above who are financially unable to support themselves. They are provided holistic care in a family atmosphere, giving them a sense of security and belongingness.
The harmony of colors expressing the exhibitors’ ideas and emotions has not only made a difference in the lives of the artists who have discovered their artistic talents in the twilight of their lives. On the other hand, it also transformed the lives of the elderly in the Center who continue to benefit from the annual art exhibit.
This is the second annual fund-raising event for the home of the elderly undertaken by Sunshine Place through its art classes.
With “Coloring Lives,” the FTS Foundation continues to reaffirm its commitment to help make a better place for all to live, specially the elderly.
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