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Art for a Cause: Filipino artist uses talent to raise funds for typhoon-struck Bicol

By Kara Santos Published Nov 04, 2020 12:57 am

Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni), the world's strongest typhoon this year, has devastated areas in the Philippines, particularly Catanduanes in the Bicol region. A number of organizations have mobilized relief operations and called for donations to provide aid for families affected by the typhoon.

For parents who want to help while getting Christmas gifts ready this year, a popular Pinoy artist has stepped up and used his artistic talents to raise funds in a creative way.

Filipino illustrator Robert Alejandro has offered to create personalized illustrated portraits of children in exchange for donations to the Bicol relief efforts. The co-founder of local arts and craft shop Papemelroti announced on his Facebook account that he is open to commissions of digital portraits of caricatures of kids.

With more people spending time at home, the portraits would make great additions to the home decor and children’s room, not to mention, unique Christmas gifts for grandparents and relatives.

Getting your own personalized kiddie caricature is as easy as ordering food online. All you have to do is: 

  • Send the artist Robert Alejandro a personal message on his Facebook page: Kuya Robert with a kiddie pic and e-mail address.
  • He will confirm your slot and send you his bank details.
  • Pay and send proof of payment.
  • The artist will send you a high-res kiddie caricature by email.

According to an update on the artist’s Facebook page, the children’s illustration initiative has already raised P30,000 just two days after the initial announcement was posted on Monday (Nov. 2), with parents proudly sharing the adorable portraits online.

Throughout the community quarantine period, the former host of the children’s television show Art Is-Kool has been keeping children and parents entertained with his free online art workshops on Facebook Live every Saturday morning. Some episodes are viewable on the artist’s YouTube channel.

Owning a personalized illustration would be a great way for parents to give back for the free art sessions and help towards a worthy cause at the same time. Win win!

(Images from Robert Alejandro Facebook account)