Dolls for a cause

Straight from the Press Release…


Dolls for a cause by Philippine contemporary artists
Manikako doll fair and auction on February 16-23 at the Podium

We invite you to be a part of Manikako, Future Ko! A Fund-Raising Doll Fair at The Podium Activity Center along 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City., February 16 to 23, 2008. The proceeds of the event will fund free doll-making workshops for underprivileged kids conducted by the House of Comfort Art Network (ARTHOC).

The week-long fair will open with a “loud auction” conducted by artist/critic Cid Reyes on February 16, 6pm with TV personality Tintin Bersola Babao as program host.

Doll-making workshops will be held daily at the fair, led by a wide variety of groups such as : ManikaManila, avid collectors of ball-jointed dolls; Mistula, concept doll band; Pilipinas Street talented grafitti artists; Sewing Circle, needlepoint craft enthusiasts; Creatives from Y & R Philippines; Superficial Girls; and, INK or Illustrador ng Kabataan whose works breathe life into Filipino children’s literature. (Do it yourself) doll manikako kits and other
manikako products will be available for sale during the event.

Capping the week is Salamat sa’yo, Manikako!, a thanksgiving celebration featuring musicians like Moonstar88, Joey Ayala, Susan Fernandez Magno, Ciudad and the multiawarded performance poet, Vim Nadera, among others.

Almost a hundred dolls created by noted visual artists, singers, composers, dancers, photographers and cultural workers, including those by National Artist Abdulmari Imao and senior artist Mauro Malang Santos will be exhibited and auctioned off throughout the fair. Participating artists include Leo Abaya, Mike Achevido, Cynthia Alexander, Willie Alicdan, Yasmin Almonte, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, Edda Amonoy, John Paul Antido, Marcel Antonio, Ral Arrogante, Pandy Aviado, Joey Ayala, Pablo Baensantos, Mara Bernaldo, Joan Bitangcol, Plet Bolipata, Remy Boquiren, Elmer Borlongan, Alan Cabalfin, Benjie Cabangis, Noel Cabangon, Angel Cacnio, Michael Cacnio, Imelda
Cajipe-Endaya, Bong Callao, Bea Camacho, Susan Canoy, Rafael del Casal, Rey Paz Contreras, Tala Contreras, Daniel Coquilla, Chie Cruz, Noel Cuison, Aba Dalena, June Dalisay, Ginny Dandan, Nadya Melina David, Antipas Delotavo, Romina Diaz, Neil Doloricon, Noell El Farol, Gigi Escalante, Bob Feleo, Egai Fernandez, Karen Flores, Nonoy Froilan, Esther Garcia, Gian Gianan, Gino Gonzales, Guerrero Habulan, Sid Hildawa, Grace Imao, Juan Sajid Imao, Toym Imao, Ferdie Jingco, Lett Jingco, Tiffany Jingco, Katwo, Prudencio Lammaroza, Lilia Lao, Glo Tenza-Lava, Lao Lianben, Bing Libatique, Lenore Lim, Margarita Lim, Tita Lim, Alfredo Liongoren, Julie Lluch, Jojo Lofranco, Athena Lopez, Noli Manalang, Baidy Mendoza, Ferdie Montemayor, Peter Mutuc, Teresita Narciso, Wawi Navarroza, Romulo Olazo, Jim Orencio, Gabie Osorio, Vincent Padilla, Gapas, Mario Parial, Mikel Parial, Mervy Pueblo, Alma Quinto, Ton Raymundo, Jucar Raquepo, Roberto Ma. Robles, Riza Romero, Jose Tence Ruiz, Rovi Salegumba, Jaypee Samson, Julio Samson, Soler Santos, Ching Abad Santos, Mia Singson, Sharon See, Sherwin Tan, Kitty Taniguchi, Lia Torralba, Cez Nunez-Uhing, Clairelynn Uy, Rosel Valenzuela, Brian Vallesteros, Anna Varona, Lydia Velasco, Edna Vida, Kris Villanueva, Liv Vinluan, and Nestor Vinluan.

Manikako, Future Ko! is a collaboration of ARTHOC, a non-stock, non-profit organization that believes in the power of art to comfort the needy and the afflicted and its fund-raising arm MANIKAKO, Liongoren Gallery, The Podium, Y & R Philippines and Britania Art Projects.

ARTHOC and Manikako have been conducting doll workshops with out-of-school youth in Naga city, typhoon Reming survivors in Albay, among the wards of SOS village in Ayala Alabang, and among children from slum communities in Cubao, Project 2, and Payatas in Quezon City.

Other projects by ARTHOC include workshops such as the “House of Comfort Art Project” and “Malaya Ka Ba? Freedom Quilt” which yielded handcrafted textile pieces created by participants from various communities throughout the Philippines. For inquiries, please call 9124319 or log on to and


I hope we’ll see each other there! :D

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