Visual Narratives of Self: Personal Stories Behind Cory Aquino's Paintings

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Visual Narratives of Self: Personal Stories Behind Cory Aquino's Paintings


If every work of art is a fragment of self, then a whole exhibition is a narrative of a life shared with friends and family. In the commemoration of the fourth death anniversary of President Corazon Aquino, an exhibition of her works of art entitled "Gift of Self" will be on display at the Manila Hotel Lobby Lounge on July 29 - August 2, 2013. The exhibition gives the public a very personal take on this persona of Philippine democracy. Despite her very political and public life, she kept her love for the arts within her personal life between family and friends.

She generously gives her artworks as personal gifts to friends and family on significant occasions in their lives.

Each piece of art has a personal story about the former president. Around 20 artworks on exhibit are from the collection of Dr. George Ty, Metrobank Founder and his family led by Mary Ty. Cory Aquino served as Chairperson of the Board of Advisers of Metrobank Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Metrobank for 16 years (1993 - 2009). Through the Foundation, the former president continued her development vision and service to the Filipino people. The artworks are fragments of memories shared between friends and among family members before they became partners in social development.

Given to Mary V. Ty, the artwork depicts of two figures of women which Cory refers to as sisters and friends. A reflection of their special relationship, these two ladies share a special bond beyond friendship and that of a family, of a sisterhood. A familial bond that reaches out to the next generation of the Ty family:

A visual narrative of values shared and treasured friendship, the collection reveals a portrait of the former president unknown to many. …

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