Pen and ink art pieces for the Badjao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sept) – The Davao chapter of the Guild for Upholding and Harnessing Indispensable Talents (GUHIT) Pinas is staging a pen and ink art exhibition for a cause at the Museo Dabawenyo in Davao City until the end of September.

Perry Lequigan, one of the artists who lead the group in Davao, said that their exhibit, called “Unity in Diversity,” will feature at least 30 pen and ink pieces.

Lequigan and fellow artist Alfaroq Kadir spoke as among the guests in Tuesday’s Art Talk in Park Inn by Radisson Davao. They also showed some of the pieces that they will exhibit. These seemingly unassuming media (ballpoint pen, tech pen, brush pen, colored pen, felt point markers, etc.) create compelling artworks that are vividly colored and skillfully illustrated.

The exhibit’s beneficiary are the Badjao community of Canaan in Matina Aplaya in Davao City. The group intends to generate funds so they can buy 20 quality plastic chairs for the classroom currently being constructed in Canaan.

Rey Sugarol, president of GUHIT Pinas Davao, said earlier this year that their group promotes the discovery, enhancement, and use of artistic talents as an act of involvement in common campaigns toward economic, political, social, environmental, moral, and spiritual development.

The group, which specializes on the visual arts, encourages young visual artists from all over the country to play their significant roles in the development of communities through art. GUHIT Pinas in Davao thrives in a Facebook group where they connect and share their experiences and ideas in making art. The group currently has over 2,000 members.

Sugarol said that most of their members are young professionals and university students who came to love art as their passion.