Issue of May 12, 2019
Mt. Province

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Mental health issues showcased in paintings
by Nonnette C. Bennett

Fifteen Baguio-based artists rendered through paintings the lyrical descriptions of 13 individuals with mental disorders by 13 psychologists.

Twenty-one paintings will be exhibited at the G1 Hotel May 18 to June 18 in “ArThrive: Rise above mental health challenges” as a project of the Philippine Mental Health Association Cordillera Chapter, Inc. (PMHA-CCI) on its 60th anniversary.

Malou Maningas Coronacion, convenor of the Family Support Group under the PMHA-CCI, said the exhibit intends to raise funds for the Family Support Group that will be organized later this year.

This is the first time that writers and artists are collaborating in an exhibit, she said.

The descriptions of the psychologists of their clients with mental health challenges were painted by artists Ged Alangui, Kora Dandan-Albano, Jimbo Albano, Czarina Calinawagan, Jandy Carvajal, Kidlat de Guia, Earl John Desuasido, Gladys Anne Labsan, Dindo Llana, Venazir Martinez, Tioan Medrano, Kelly Ramos, Palma Tayona, Bumbo Villanueva, and Ray Yodong.

The artists agreed to give a portion of the proceeds from the artworks to the PMHA-CCI for the Family Support Group that will include caregivers and family members of individuals with mental challenges.

Dandan-Albano said that the artists were given copies of the lyrical descriptions and chose the piece that they painted.

She said the renditions were very interesting and some of them are expressive of the written works.

Among the participating writers are Aidylvir Borje, Faridah Cabbigat, Loraine Cerezo, Jeremy dela Cruz, Ederlyn Gatchalian, Nerisa Gonzalo, Bing Maximo, Eric Pascua, Triceayn DG Prestousa, Gerz Sanil, Kryza Sito, Ashley Valdez, and Mia Warren-Cheong.

Coronacion said the poetry and writer will be set beside the artwork and the artist during the exhibit.

A program will include a reading of the poetry by Baguio artists and a message from Amado Aspiras, Jr., who is an advocate for mental health.

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