On Dec. 16, 2021, typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and made nine landfalls in seven provinces. The Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center released data on Dec. 20 stating that over 1.8 million people (452,307 families) were affected across Regions V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, MIMAROPA and Caraga.
In response, the Araneta Group’s J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF) and Gateway Gallery brought together 16 artists for an exhibit dubbed “A Time To Build.” Proceeds from the artwork sales will be donated to the typhoon survivors.
“A Time to Build” features 30 artworks, with one sculpture and 29 two-dimensional works such as photos, ink drawings and multi-media works. The exhibit title is inspired by the Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 1-3:
“To everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build.”
Featured artists are Gari Apolonio, Glenda Carlota, Diane Romero, Jenny Cortes, Joseph Espino, Lea Zoraina Lim, Anna Lumpas, Ian Maigan, Perfecto Mercado, Chressa Yee Rufon, Elisa Certeza Rufon, Wilfredo Rufon, Peter Samillano, Noel San Andres, Pete Velasquez and Wencyl Mallari.
“A Time to Build” at the Gateway Gallery runs until Jan. 4, 2022 and is open for public viewing. Gateway Gallery is located on the fifth floor of Gateway Tower, Araneta City.
Formerly called Araneta Center, Araneta City is a 35-hectare commercial mixed-use development in Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.
JAAF is the social development arm of the Araneta Group dedicated to the vision and legacy of the company’s founder. It manages Gateway Gallery, Araneta City’s art museum devoted to the promotion of Philippine culture, heritage and art.