Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) Manila artists and “Para Po Sa Inyo! Art Exhibit” are selling their artworks to raise money for the displaced jeepney drivers in Metro Manila.

Artworks of local artists from TUP artists from P1,000 pesos are up for grabs, with 60% percent of the proceeds going to the fundraiser.

“Para Po Sa Inyo! Art Exhibit” or PPSI-AE was initiated by students and teachers from the College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) of the TUP – Manila Campus. The exhibit is offering traditional and digital artworks. There is no specific theme for the exhibit. From acrylic paintings on vinyl records to mixed media, the exhibit showcased the artists’ varying skills, styles, emotions and messages.

“PPSI-AE was created by 1st year fine arts students and members of the  Student Council of CAFA. Justine Julia Garcia, Ben-C’zar Raboy, Eren Josh Ryu Quiambao, Adrian Ocampo, Pluzhelde Fuentes, Jantzen Chua, Mary Grace Bernel, and I led the development of this Online Exhibit,” said Mary Nicole Manlunas, one of the participating artists.

Manlunas, a first-year fine arts student from the TUP, uses old vinyl records, journals, and canvas to create unique artworks. Most of her works convey her dreams, feelings, and experiences in life.

“Isa sa aking inspirasyon at nagtutulak sa’kin para gumawa pa ng mga Sining – ay ang pagtulong sa kapwa gamit ang aking talento. Naniniwala ako na ang Sining ay hindi lang libangan kundi isa rin itong instrumento para makatulong at maipakita ang mga nangyayari sa lipunan,” shared Manlunas.

[One of my inspirations and motivations for me to make more arts – is to help others with my talent. I believe that art is not only a hobby but is also an instrument to help and show what is happening in our society.]

For her, making art is not just a hobby. It is her passion and the career that she always wanted to pursue in the future. When she’s not making art and doing commissions, she read books, watch tutorial videos, plays with her dog or talk with her friends online to keep in touch with them. The quarantine stressed her out, even though she might not show it that much. Nicole shared how she had trouble sleeping at night, becoming more anxious, and feeling lonely being stuck inside her hour for several months.

 

 

“It changed a huge part of me. I think hindi na rin ako yung Nicole na kilala ko nung March. I feel different. This quarantine made me realize that I took the little things for granted – the short walks sa pag-uwi or pagpasok ng school, yung simpleng pagbili ko sa tindahan sa labas namimiss ko na. Everything feels different. Ngayon paggising ko, kain, drawing, chat, kain, tulog. Paulit-ulit lang, kahit hindi ako masyadong gumagawa sa bahay, nakakapagod yung ganong routine. Yung quarantine and COVID-19 Pandemic ay malaki ang ninakaw sa buhay nating lahat,” said Manlunas.

[It changed a huge part of me. I think I am no longer the Nicole I knew in March. I feel different. This quarantine made me realize that I took the little things for granted  the short walk to or from school, the simple purchase I made at the store outside, I miss it. Everything feels different. Now I wake up, eat, drawing, chat, eat, sleep. Over and over again, even though I don’t do much at home, that routine is tiring. The quarantine and COVID-19 pandemic have stolen a lot from all of our lives.]

Manlunas also faced a lot of personal struggles; nonetheless, she still managed to reach out and help. She believes that you don’t need a big reason to help other people because it is a natural action of people with good hearts and intentions. PPSI-AE is created to help jeepney drivers and their families.

“Isang ‘anti-poor action’ ang pag-phase out sa mga ito” Manlunas said. “Napakarami ring drivers ang mawawalan ng trabaho at kita. Mawawalan sila ng pangtustos sa pang-araw araw na gastusin para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi rin naman lahat ay may perang pang-invest sa modernized jeepney.

[It is an anti-poor action to phase-out the jeepneys. Many drivers will be lose their jobs and income. They will be out of cash for their daily expenses for their family. Not everyone has the money to invest in a modernized jeepney.]

Manlunas thinks that the jeepney is not just a mode of transportation but also a form of art –  it resonates as one of the symbols of being a Filipino.  The everyday journey shows the different stories of its passengers. While inside the jeepney, you’ll see the varying emotions and the struggles of the passengers.

The move to phase-out jeepney is a violation of the arts and the trust of the Filipino people. There is no denying that Jeepney is one of the most affordable transportation fares for the masses. This will have a big impact on those who travel daily without their own vehicle. She also believes that the government should make a more concrete plan and solution for the calls of the jeepney drivers.

Sample artworks from PPSI-AE twitter account:

Support the cause for the jeepney drivers and buy works from local artists at the PPSIAE Facebook Page.

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