The UPAA and FPAGI (Filipino Portrait Artists Group, Inc.) have partnered with CenPEG (Center for People Empowerment in Governance) for the relief of U.P. students from the Leyte-Samar provinces devastated by super typhoon Yolanda. The three organizations launched a fund-raising project called “Portraits for Yolanda” in a maiden sketching session on February 20, 2014, at the Executive House in the U.P. Diliman campus, Quezon City.
In the partnership, CenPEG invites sitters (models) to pose in the weekly sketching sessions of the FPAGI, headed by Romy Carlos, UPAA Executive Director, as president. Each sitter makes a donation of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00), of which Twenty-Five Thousand Pesos (Php 25,000.00) goes to the UPAA and Fifteen Thousand Pesos (Php 15,000.00) to CenPEG (both amounts are for the typhoon victims). The remaining Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00) goes to FPAGI for expenses.
Each sketching session lasts three (3) hours, with rest periods of ten (10) minutes every thirty (30) minutes. The model may wear a costume of his or her choice. In return for his or her donation, the sitter/model gets all the sketches in pastel (at least twelve 15”x20” pieces) done by the FPAGI artists.
The Executive House venue is being generously provided free of charge by the office of U.P. President Alfredo E. Pascual. Some of the participating FPAGI artists are: , Mardy Aguilar, Donat Alvarez, Don Artificio, Pablo Baen Santos, Cee Cadid, , Romy Carlos, Carlos Castro, Cris Cruz, Tessie Duldulao, Ben Infante, Ed Lantin, Rellie Liwag, Norlie Meimban, Peter Ng, Keith Paras, Jonah Salvosa, Pyt Santiago, Bing Siochi, Mike Velasco, Ana Vergel, Rick de Villa, Lita Wells.
The first sitter/model for “Portraits for Yolanda” was Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez, mother of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair Dante L. Jimenez and CenPEG Executive Director Evi-ta Jimenez.