ANGELES CITY -- Local officials and businesswomen here have purchased some of the artworks of a seven-year-old painter.
At least eight paintings of Bella Manuel, daughter of Angeles City Government Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, were sold for a total amount of P28,500.
Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting purchased Bella's painting artwork titled, "Chocoberry" priced at P2,500.
Rei Ramos Anicoche-Tan, Beautederm founder and chief executive officer (CEO), purchased three of Bella's paintings titled "Boatman," "Tres Marias" and "Kitten" with price tags of P5,000, P3,000, and P3,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the "Garden" (P3,500) was bought by Rea Dizon, while the "Horse" was sold to Cecille Sanchez-Flores for P5,000.
City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Chief Edna Duaso also bought an artwork from Bella titled, "Parrot" worth P3,500, while CSWDO Admin Head Chrysalene Cunanan purchased "Puppies" for P3,000.
Proceeds from Bella's painting will be donated to Baby Sean, a child from Barangay Pulung Cacutud who has hydrocephalus.
Bella's mother Reina expressed her gratitude to the support that her family has been receiving for their advocacy to help people who need it most.
"This is a testament that in the midst of a pandemic, there are helping hands everywhere who are willing to share with anyone what he or she has. There is happiness in sharing. Thanks to everyone's kind heart," Reina said.
The Manuel family will personally handover the sale of paintings to Baby Sean and his family.