The Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) recently held a gala dinner with live art auction dubbed as The Liver Benefit Gala 2018, and an ongoing online artwork bidding from October 23 until November 30.
The auctions will raise funds for HSP’s liver health awareness programs, which aim to inform the public and medical community about the threat of Hepatitis B and C in the country.
There are approximately three hundred million people living with viral hepatitis worldwide. In the Philippines, about 10 million are estimated to carry the Hepatitis B virus, while about 600,000 are infected with Hepatitis C. HSP’s programs include online access to viral hepatitis information for patients through beawareph.com, continuing regional workshops for healthcare providers and lay people, as well as free hepatitis screening and consultations during World Hepatitis Day. HSP likewise collaborates with the government for liver-related health policies and programs.
“Our forthcoming Liver Benefit Gala and ongoing online auction are avenues for other sectors of the society to contribute to the fight against chronic liver diseases. Together, we can make education, proper diagnosis and care available to more hepatitis B and C patients, and link them to the proper management that they deserve,” HSP President Dr. Jade Jamias shares.
Over 60 art pieces crafted by up to 50 Filipino artists are slated for bidding during HSP’s live and online auctions, organized in partnership with Ricco Renzo Gallery.
Among the contributors are world-renowned artists, such as Prudencio Lamarroza, well-known for abstracts and the “Amburayan” series that immortalized the Ilocos landscape; Rafael Cusi, known as the “Master of Watercolour in the Philippines”; Fil Dela Cruz, known for his paeans to womanhood piece; Gig de Pio, a marvel in fine portraits in oil, charcoal & pastel; Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo, famous for her exquisite floral artworks; Rene Robles, noted for his ‘assertionism’ paintings; the Castrillo siblings, prominent for their sculpture masterpieces; Allan Cosio, Cid Reyes, Nestor Olarte Vinluan, acclaimed for their abstract masterpieces; Norlie Meimban, known for creating three-dimensional effect in his works; as well as artists Ram Mallari, Buddy Ching, Alfred Galvez, Toym Imao, and Gil Grandier Bella, whose works have won recognition in fine arts locally and internationally.
Moreover, actor, director and singer Michael De Mesa graced the event and personally shared his experience as someone who has lived with viral hepatitis and been cured through newly available antivirals.
Last year, HSP held its first benefit gala, the B-Aware Gala Night, which helped fund a multimedia campaign to promote Hepatitis B awareness in the Philippines.