Painting is my main weapon in amplifying women’s voice. I use my imagination and creativity using social artistry to create an impact and be a voice for the voiceless women in our society. My interest in and work on women and children’s empowerment concepts inspired me to create artworks out of the stories of women. Through paintings I want to make public the voices of migrant women and their children, and testify to the issues that affect them but which the general public does not know fully about, I am not a good speaker but my painting speaks for my people. Breaking the silence through ART!
Since last year, I’ve been doing Empowerment Through Art, conducting art workshops, therapy and exhibitions locally and internationally, last year it was only me, yes I was alone, but this year I am jubilant and grateful to introduce Team ETA. I am amazed how people connect, how people from different places and directions has chance to meet not knowing having the same goal in life. Is it by chance? or is it destiny? I believe that there is always a perfect time for everything, time of loneliness being alone and confused and a time of joy being with the group of passionate people, sharing gifts without hesitation. I am thrilled to introduce Team ETA, we are composed of seven people, different careers but have the same passion in life, which is ART. – Yllang
Introducing Team ETA artists:
Anthony Lizano Quiling Jandusay, A member of Marinduque morions, nurse by profession but he left his career and sought out the beacon of his true calling which is being an artist. “Thonix” believes in the saying “Don’t paint what you see, but paint what you wanted to see”, He want all his idea from creative thinking and nothing materializes from a photograph.
Aljay Andrew Sanglap Montenegro, tattoo and graphite artist. Growing up from poor family was not easy, struggled life along with his four siblings in his childhood, but instead of giving up he use his experience as his strength, his past was never a hindrance of believing on reaching his dream of becoming a professional tattoo artist. “Alpe” is currently working at Black Dragon tattoo located at North Caloocan, his art is focused on women faces specialty in black and gray.
Jonalyn Delos Reyes, An artist yet to bloom. “Jona” is an aspiring nude self-portraitist. Considering herself a novice in the field of painting, she hasn’t found yet her true style, until she reached young-adulthood and found fascination in her own body as she watches herself naked in front of the mirror. This everyday experience has caused a little flame of interest and curiosity that continued to burn within her to study the female figure and incorporated this in her works. Painting herself bare-skinned in her projects, she tries to expose her own messy and complicated self and found this an enthralling experience to show a woman’s equal parts - from fierce to vulnerable, mysterious to exposed, timid to bold. Despite being a full-time private employee that is far from her field of interest, she still finds time to draw and paint to develop and pursue her passion and also serves as her escape from her everyday struggles. Through her self-expression in her works, she hopes to inspire women to be brave by digging within their deepest to expose their truest selves.
Nova Hershey Mariposque, self- taught artist and a mother of 2. Graduated with a Degree of Bachelor in Secondary Education, working as Operations Supervisor in one of the Outsourcing Companies here in the Philippines. “Nova” has an eye for arts at a young age and in 2013, she pursued her love for painting and is continuously learning to enhance her skills up to present. Her paintings symbolizes women, children and nature and depicts different emotions.
Riza Zuniga, enjoys conducting reaserches, blogging, writing and creating artwork. She quit teaching to pursue her love for creating artwork on women, environment and children. Her passion for research and writing will continue. She is a strong supporter of environmental, children and women cause. At times, she performs puppetry, storytelling and read-aloud sessions for children. Riza enjoys sharing tips on writing for young campus journalist in the country. Her graduate study on MA Journalism is on hold but she dreams on finishing it someday.
Wenzel Alibin, a licensed pharmacist.Wenzel decided to enroll in medical school upon her parents suggestion but her love for drawing is undeniable. When she was a kid she dreamed of becoming a painter and finally decide to pursue it. She believes that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
Yllang Montenegro, self- taught painter and book illustrator. Currently a volunteer president of Batis-AWARE and founder of Empowerment Through Art (ETA) since 2017. Yllang is a migrant women and children’s rights activist, she use art to promote awareness and change in the causes and issues she strongly believe in.
We are humble to share that Empowerment Through Art (ETA) will launch its first ever Exhibit this coming April 6, 2018, everyone is invited at Ignition Venture Studio. Ignition Venture Studio is a nation-building enterprise which aims to empower entrepreneur. They provide business support services that allow individuals to focus on executing their innovative ideas. Ignition Venture Studio is located at 22F Marajo Tower, 26th St. Cor 4th Ave. BGC, Taguig City.
50% sale proceeds to organizations Batis AWARE and Batis YOGHI. Batis AWARE (Association of Women in Action for Rights and Empowerment) grass root organization composed of returned migrant women workers. BATIS YOGHI (Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration) is an independent youth organization composed of children of migrant women, mostly are transnational children. These two organization are our benefactor of the said event.
Authored by: Anthony Lizano Quiling Jandusay, Aljay Andrew Sanglap Montenegro, Jonalyn Delos Reyes, Nova Hershey Mariposque, Riza Zuniga, Wenzel Alibin, Yllang Montenegro