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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Inspiring hope through art 

True to its mission of making a positive difference in the community and creating hope in the world, the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) continues to provide support to the kids with disabilities and special needs of Hospicio de San Jose through an art exhibit.

Titled Expanding Horizon, the exhibit features artworks from the members of Angels of Rendu Art Club (ARAC) aiming to showcase the artistic abilities and unique perspectives of talented children and to raise enough funds for the completion of the Rendu ward which will serve as the shelter of kids with special needs staying inside the welfare institution.

Art pieces created by members of the Angels of Rendu Art Club

Hospicio de San Jose is known for its dedication to providing care and support to vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, abandoned, and abused. Through this collaboration with RCM, it highlights the importance of community involvement and creating opportunities for the children to express themselves through art.

A 27-year-old member of ARAC recalled the first time she was asked to do painting in 2019 describing how hard it was for her since she was only using her foot.

“It was hard, but Daddy Ong helped me,” she said.

But now, for   Expanding Horizon, she was asked if she could do more than one painting which she gladly did.

When asked what her inspiration was in creating her masterpieces, she said it was the institution’s former administrator whom she called “Sister Cory”.

“She was the one who had encouraged me to try painting,” she continued.

She also expressed how she misses her sibling every time she paints.

“Every time I see a flower, it reminds me of my siblings. They love flowers. In fact, my siblings are also great at drawing,” she added.

RCM also tapped artists to join the art exhibit for the benefit of Hospicio de San Jose Rendu Ward such as   Solenn Heussaff, Melissa Yeung Yap, Spencer Ozo, Kate Bautista, Jean Uy Yam,   and   Phillip Ong.

Expanding Horizon runs from September 15 until October at the LRI Design Plaza Exhibit Hall.

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