KC Concepcion promotes local art for public awareness and for charity

As an art fanatic, KC Concepcion believes that holding bazaars is one popular way to encourage people to support local artists while lending a helping hand to charitable institutions.


KC Concepcion had her hands full during the weekend as she shuttled from one place to another to grace two worthwhile projects that she promotes enthusiastically.

KC's first stop was Eastwood Center, Libis, Quezon City, last Saturday, November 24, to personally attend the Artists Fair Pilipinas III bazaar, which she co-organized. The beauteous commercial model has been a fixture in various charitable trade fairs sprouting around the metropolis.

"Hopefully, next time may mga ibang artists na kaming mai-invite from Cebu, Davao, ganyan. It's a half-celebrity bazaar. Celebrities selling their second-hand items, dahil mahilig ang tao sa mga artista and yung mga lumang kagamitan na cheap lang," explained KC to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) while holding a pen and paper containing her event checklist.

Doing her share enthusiastically, KC dug into her closet and took out some old European magazines, clothes, hats and bags—all sold out during the first day of the bazaar.

But more than celebrities selling their items, the bazaar also serves as the perfect venue for artists like painters, young designers, and even poets to exhibit their works for potential buyers.

"Sana in the same way na mahilig sila sa mga artista, we also learn to enjoy visual arts. Dahil mga Pinoy napaka-talented and I'm sure masisiyahan sila ‘pag nahanap nila yung kasiyahan doon sa art," said optimist KC.

Proceeds of the bazaar, however, don't go into the pockets of the participants. This year, KC chose the Hands On Manila Foundation Inc. and the Virlanie Foundation as beneficiaries.

"Sana, kahit in our own little way, makatulong sa projects nila," smiled KC as she hopped from one booth to another.

KC AND THE MUSE. After catching her breath, KC and her rumored boyfriend Lino Cayetano proceeded to the Absinth Bar in Greenbelt, Makati City, not to party but, guess what?—to recite poetry.

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With pre-programmed music and mood lighting as background, KC performed "Roses"—a romantic-sensual piece written by poet and spoken- word advocate, Kooky Tuason.

Incidentally, it was the same poem recorded by KC herself when she graced—along with Angel Aquino, Barbie Almalbis and Iza Calzado—the spoken-word album Romancing Venus Vol. 1 back in 2005.

Unknown to many, weaving words on paper has always fascinated KC. "I just do it for self-expression. It's another art form that I enjoy," she said beaming.

Studying in Paris intensified her love for the arts. Now a celebrity here in the Philippines, Megastar Sharon Cuneta's daughter is eager to share and help promote art awareness. She strongly believes that creative individuals just need encouragement and the proper venue to show their artistry.

KC shares her inspiration when she was living in Paris: "Siguro kasi I lived in a place na very passionate about visual arts and very supportive of their artists. There's always a venue for their passion na kahit isang sulok ng kalye meron kang makikitang artist na walang kaabog-abog nagpipinta lang siya or nagtitinda lang siya ng kung anu-ano. Nawawala ‘yong ego nila, parang nandoon ‘yong pride nila sa pagpapakita ng art nila kahit kanino."


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