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Less talk, more auction: The A-list bring their A game to a preview in support of the Filipino artist

Against the backdrop of great art, society’s beautiful people raised their glasses to an auction for a cause
EA Sta Maria | Mar 04 2022

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. 

Mayor Abby Binay, Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, Ernest Escaler, Jaime Ponce de Leon, V Lim
Mayor Abby Binay, Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, Ernest Escaler, Jaime Ponce de Leon, V Lim
Dedes Zobel and Maribel Ongpin
Dedes Zobel and Maribel Ongpin

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.

Marivic Madrigal Vasquez and Frannie Jacinto with the Doña Nene Quimson portrait
Marivic Madrigal Vasquez and Frannie Jacinto with the Doña Nene Quimson portrait
Mark Nicdao with the Anita Magsaysay-Ho Inkblot’ painting
Mark Nicdao with the Anita Magsaysay-Ho Inkblot’ painting
Atty Toñico Manahan, son Skippy and Toto Gonzalez
Atty Toñico Manahan, son Skippy and Toto Gonzalez

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.

Marissa Tantoco with Doña Nena Tambunting’s portrait; Tereret Liboro with her own portrait
Marissa Tantoco with Doña Nena Tambunting’s portrait; Tereret Liboro with her own portrait
Jaime Ponce de Leon, Cecile Ang, Alice Huibonhua, Alice Eduardo, Robbie Santos
Jaime Ponce de Leon, Cecile Ang, Alice Huibonhua, Alice Eduardo, Robbie Santos
Chicho Posadas, Rosa Aboitiz, Toñico Manahan
Chicho Posadas, Rosa Aboitiz, Toñico Manahan

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. 

Jaime Ponce de Leon and Cecile Ang
Jaime Ponce de Leon and Cecile Ang
Malu Gamboa, Alice Eduardo wit her daughter and sister Melba
Malu Gamboa, Alice Eduardo with her daughter and sister Melba

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.

Timothy Tan, Melot Sunga, Nicole Whisenhunt
Timothy Tan, Melot Sunga, Nicole Whisenhunt
Paul Campos, Cecile Reynoso, Wito Quimson, Lorie Reynoso, Toto Gonzalez
Paul Campos, Cecile Reynoso, Wito Quimson, Lorie Reynoso, Toto Gonzalez

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.

Derek Flores, Timothy Tan, Cecile Ang, V Lim
Derek Flores, Timothy Tan, Cecile Ang, V Lim
Dex Fernandez and Jia Estrella
Dex Fernandez and Jia Estrella

Interested parties may view the auction catalog here or visit the Leon Gallery website. For updates, follow León Gallery on their social media pages: Facebook and Instagram @leongallerymakati.