The glitterati turned out for León Gallery’s preview for the first big auction of the year: The Asian Cultural Council Auction. Part of the proceeds from this Saturday’s sale will be used to send deserving Filipino artists abroad to test their mettle and level-up their practice.
The ACC’s ‘provenance’ so to speak is the august Rockefeller Foundation, which gave grants to such greats as Jose Joya and Roberto Chabet to a new generation of creatives like Gino Gonzales, Wawi Navarroza, Nikki Luna, and Dex Fernandez.
The A-List from the country’s social register, business pages, and culture leaders perused the treasures from several renowned estates: from Doña Nene Quimson to Doña Nena Tambunting, the Houses of Legarda, Hidalgo, Magsaysay, and José Rizal. This trove that includes works by old masters, mid-century moderns and the hottest contemporary stars will be on offer on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 2 p.m. at León Gallery’s main sale rooms at Eurovilla I, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.
At the forefront of the preview cocktails were Leon Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Leon, ACC Philippines chairman Ernest Escaler and president Maribel Ongpin. They presided over a steady flow of dignitaries from Makati Mayor Mar-len Abigail “Abby” Binay-Campos, honorary consul Agnes Huibonhua, National Museum director Jeremy Barns, and historian / academic Xiao Chua.
In the thick of the action were ACC Board Members Mercedes “Dedes” Zobel, Malu Gamboa, and Alice Eduardo. Other names to the manor born included Wito Quimson, Marivic Madrigal Vasquez, Cecile Ang, Frannie Jacinto, Madrileños Rosa Aboitiz and Chicho Posadas.
Derek Flores of the DF Art Agency, Melot Sunga, Tim Tan, Toñico Manahan and son Skippy, Dennis Robles and Regie Tongol, sisters Cecile and Lorie Reynoso, and Mark Nicdao (whose recent solo exhibition at Leon Gallery International was all sold out) completed the art circle.