Six beauty queens showcase their artwork to help promote women's empowerment.
On its second year, the “Art and Beauty” art exhibit will feature six beauty title holders, who are also visual artists, to help the non-government organization We Govern Institute in its advocacy for women's rights.
The six participants this year are 1982 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Maria Isabel Lopez, who also helped in organizing this event; 1972 Miss World 1st Runner-up Evangeline Pascual;1998 Binibining Pilipinas Miss Photogenic and semi-finalist Lani Lobangco; 2000 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Nina Ricci Alagao; 2006 Miss Eco-Tourism Reena Rae Sarmiento; and 2006 Miss Philippines Youth Ambassador Bangs Garcia.
During its launch last August 22, Maria Isabel explained to invited guests and media why they chose We Govern Institute as beneficiary of their exhibit this year.
She said, “It’s an institute that helps women know their rights kasi they work on the Magna Carta of Women.
“So ang theme ng exhibit namin is women empowerment.
“So, if you could see the artworks, ‘yong mga ginawa naming piece is about women empowerment.”
In her short speech, the former beauty queen and founder of the Film Artist Group (FAG) also explained the four mosaics she contributed to the exhibit.
Maria Isabel said, “In my mosaic art, I glorified the human body because I believe that a beautiful woman herself is already empowered.”
The former beauty queen chose her daughter, Mara Yokohama, as the model for her mosaic art.
The artwork of these beauty queens will be exhibited from August 22 to September 15 at Rico Renzo Galleries & Caffe, LRI Business Plaza on Nicanor Garcia (Reposo) Street, Bel Air 2, Makati City.
They will also be featured, along with the masterpieces of well-known artists, in the coffeetable book Green Art, which is produced by Onion and Chives.