University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 11:56

Young artist installs an art exhibit for a cause


An exhibit inspired by an artist’s gratitude to his uncle is currently on display at the Sining Makiling Gallery, DL Umali Hall, UPLB.

Called “Gratitude: a one-woman art exhibit by Charisse Valientes Cayaban,” the art exhibit for a cause features the works of Cayaban, a 19 year-old fine arts student from UP Baguio.

Cayaban wishes to generate funds through her art works to support the medical expenses of his uncle, Rodger Dennis Valientes, an assistant professor at the Department of Economics, UPLB.  Valientes was diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2017 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. For Cayaban, her first solo exhibit is her way of saying that no one deserves to have a cancer.

Immediately after the official launch of the exhibit, nine of the 14 paintings on display were sold. Cayaban’s subjects include nature and portraits, one of which showcases his uncle’s. She used acrylic and oil on canvass, pen, markers, and three-dimensional objects such as popsicle sticks, rope, and net.

“This is gratitude in action,” said Bum Tenorio, a columnist for The Philippine Star, a UPLB alumnus, and a friend of Valientes. Tenorio, Jerry Yapo, director of the Office for the Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, and friends co-organized the exhibit. Yapo described it as “not only a celebration of art, but also a celebration of life.”

Joining Valientes in the “Gratitude’s” launch were his colleagues from the College of Economics and Management, led by Dr. Isabelita Pabuayon, dean, and Dr. Jose Camacho, Jr., economics professor and dean of the Graduate School; Father Gerard Deveza, a healing priest; Jaime Ponce de Leon of the Leon Gallery; Yvonne Dayrit-Romualdez and Michelle Dayrit-Soliven of Miladay Jewels; Christine Dayrit, a columnist for The Philippine Star; art enthusiasts and gallery owners; students; and family and friends of Valientes.

The art exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM until Jan. 31, 2018. (KEAraguas with reports from Bum. D. Tenorio, Jr.,