It’s not that often that you hit two birds with one stone, in this case, see an extraordinary art exhibit and hear the oldest symphony orchestra in Asia. I’m over the moon really, because for me, this will be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to witness both arts and music come together for a great cause.
On January 28, the Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) will be staging a back-to-back event at the RCBC Plaza in Makati. At 5:30 in the afternoon, the self-titled exhibit of 19-year-old Samantha Kaspar will open to the public. At 7:00 pm, the Manila Symphony Orchestra will take center stage.
“Samantha” – An Art Auction
Last week, I had the chance to preview some of the artworks amazingly done by 19-year-old Samantha Kaspar. I loved to draw and paint when I was young, but that stage has come and gone and unfortunately wasn’t nurtured. It’s nice to know that both Samantha’s parents are continuously encouraging her to do what she loves most.
Here’s a few of her creations… love her interpretations of the Spanish and Japanese ladies most.. you will be super amazed with this young lady, I tell you!
“Samantha uses a wide variety of media for her work and we wanted to show the gamut of her abilities. She works primarily on piña silk using silk paints. She also uses acrylic paint on canvas sometimes,” explains Samantha’s mother, Mitzi.
“She has a consistent style with a lot of edges and lines, her artworks can be very linear. She also has this certain way of giving shapes to her images which aren’t necessarily realistic but are more cartoonish,” describes Samantha’s father, Martin.
While half-Swiss, Samantha always tries to tap into her Filipino roots, coming up with Filipino-themed artworks. She will be promoting some of that local culture when she heads to the Philippine Center in New York for the Fashion Arts Autism Benefit (FAAB) on April 7.
FAAB is meant to showcase the artistic talents of children with special needs. Samantha, diagnosed with Autism when she was one and a half years old, is one of eight artists chosen to present their paintings on piña silk to be translated into clothing by featured designers for the fashion show, Patis Tesoro and Anthony Legarda. Master weaver India Legaspi is credited for teaching the artists the technique of piña silk painting.
Samantha hopes to fund her trip with the proceeds of her auction.
Manila Symphony Orchestra
Haven’t gotten the chance to watch and listen to the Manila Symphony Orchestra. This will be another check on my wishlist! yey! During the event, we just watched a video and boy I was amazed at their rendition of a part of the Stars Wars soundtrack!
The Manila Symphony Orchestra’s “Soundtracks and Symphonies” will be conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina and annotated by Jeffrey Solares. Included in their repertoire is a John Williams tribute as well as pieces from greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.
The concert is for the benefit of Special Education (SPED) Centers that have been the focus of the Center for Possibilities’ recent efforts. To act as a venue for learning of indigent persons with special needs, each SPED Center is operated by a teacher trained in the SPED division of Reach International School.
The Sagada SPED Center has been up and running and will be enhanced with a series of livelihood and vocational programs that will be teaching skills for income-generating activities. “Caring for special kids is very taxing because it’s usually just a one-income household so we also need to help the parents improve their finances,” explains Center for Possibilities founder, Dolores Cheng.
In Norzagaray, what they have right now is just the building itself. A fence, a water tank, and a playground are still needed. “We are also in the process of doing our due diligence by determining the number of special children in all the barangays relevant to Norzagaray. Next will be an orientation for all the parents within the community. We are subsequently planning for the provision of testing, diagnosis, and analysis for the children with special needs,” Cheng adds.
Enrollment in the SPED Centers is free so it helps alleviate the family’s cost of taking care of special children. If you would like to extend assistance, you may reach Center for Possibilities at http://centerforpossibilities.asia/ or (02) 723-1242 / (0918) 888-1759.