"Please Help Me" is an image of a long-suffering woman, painted by Cory Aquino after her term as president

This painting by Cory Aquino previously owned by Ai Ai Delas Alas is up for auction

The painting is vintage Cory—personal, emotional, and evocative of her faith
ANCX Staff | Nov 14 2020

León Gallery’s Kingly Treasures Auction never fails to gather some of the most interesting art and antiques each year. This November, apart from some historical finds (a Katipunero warrior’s belt, a Christmas letter from Juan Luna to his son) and a number of top-notch art (a major Cesar Legaspi, a stunning Geraldine Javier), there are lots whose provenance is showbiz- and politics-related, as most things in this country are. 

There is an installation work by actor and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, composed of a painting and a jazzed up Batibot chair. Unbeknownst to many, Richard got interested in painting during his student years at the University of the Philippines, the period where he was also heavily into photography. He recently caught the interest of the art world when he showed his "dick painting" at the 2019 Art Fair. 

"Monkey See, Monkey Do," 2015, acrylic on canvas and (right) chair, starts at Php 100,000

There is also a couple of paintings that came from the collection of beauty queen and film actress Maggie Dela Riva, both works by J. Elizalde Navarro. 

One of two J. Elizalde Navarros from the collection of Maggie dela Riva.

Finally, there is a painting by former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, previously owned by movie and TV actress Ai Ai Delas Alas. Entitled “Please Help Me,” it is an oil on canvas work, signed and dated 2005, and identified in the auction catalogue as a gift from Aquino to Delas Alas, formerly a close friend of the artist’s daughter Kris. 

"Please Help Me," oil on canvas, signed and dated 2005, begins at PhP 200,000.

Aquino was able to produce some 300 paintings before she passed away in 2009, and to think she only started to pursue painting in 1996, the year she started taking painting classes. According to her mentor, the artist Jeffrey Consumo, she never failed to show up to her weekly classes for three years, and continued to practice long after her classes were done. 

“Cory’s works are often described as bright and colorful, original and deeply personal. She had a particular fondness for painting flora as well as placing handwritten dedications in her pieces,” according to the León catalogue. “Beyond flowers, Cory painted images of rosaries, crosses and women. She would give her paintings as personal gifts to friends and loved ones, former Cabinet members, and supporters during her administration, except for a few times when she auctioned off her work to raise funds for various supported advocacies and charities.” 

Aquino mostly favored using oil and acrylic on canvas and paper. She paid no mind to rules or conventions, expressing her ideas through paint even on bags, plates, and throw pillow covers. 


The LEÓN GALLERY KINGLY TREASURES AUCTION 2020 is the third major alliance between León Gallery, the country’s most trusted auction house, and ANCX.ph, the urban man’s guide to style and culture, the online lifestyle site of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

View the LEON GALLERY KINGLY TREASURES AUCTION 2020 online catalog as well as register to bid now at www.leon-gallery.com. For inquiries, call (02) 8856-2781 or send an email at info@leon-gallery.com.