The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) officially opened its 8th Alay Sining fund-raising art exhibit themed “Art with a Heart” at The Gallery in Greenbelt 5, Makati, which will run from November 13 to November 15.

(L-R): Alay Sining 8’s official art curator Jinggoy Buensuceso and Organizing Committee Chairman Paolo Delgado; art aficionado and president of Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. Maritess Pineda; Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario; Senator Sonny Angara; Rotary International Director Guiller Tumangan; and RCMW President Junvee Vidal.

In support of RCMW’s signature project, the Gift of Life (GOL) program, both seasoned and new sculptors contributed art pieces for the art exhibit-sale. A large portion of the sale price of each art piece will be donated to GOL program beneficiaries composed of youth and children suffering from congenital heart disease.

Alay Sining

Now on its 8th year, Alay Sining 8’s theme is “Art with a Heart” compliments the Rotary International’s theme of “Be a Gift to the World.”

Over a hundred artists from all over the country – from Palawan, Mindanao and Cebu – have contributed their respective works, mostly sculptures, for the exhibits.

“If you support Alay Sining, you don’t only support children with heart ailments, but local artists as well.  So start saving hearts through art.”, says Victor “Junvee” Vidal, RCMW President.

  • Alay Sining 8, Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW)

Alay Sining is a fund-raising initiative for one of RCMW’s signature projects, the Gift of Life program, which gives congenital heart disease (CHD) patients under the program with free heart surgeries.

Both seasoned and new sculptures have contributed pieces to the Alay Sining, and donated a portion of the sale price of their art pieces to the exhibit’s intended recipients – the CHD patients that will be given free heart surgeries under the Gift of Life program.

The Gift of Life (GOL) Program

Gift of Life (GOL) program saves the lives of children born with congenital hearts disease (CHD).  Congenital heart disease (CHD) usually forms at a very young age, and the mortality rate is not very good.  Even if CHD patients survive, they end up living a life with some sort of handicap.  They will not be able to engage in sports which young kids should be doing at their young age.

The cost of heart surgery in a private hospital ranges from Php 80,000 to more than P1 million if for an open-heart surgery.

To date, the ROTARY CLUB MAKATI WEST (RCMW) has provided for the operation of 362 patients.


Contents of this post were taken from a press release at an event covered by the author.

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