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Arts & Culture: ACC Philippines marks anniversary event to benefit Filipino artists

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Fully invested in the business of furthering international understanding, appreciation, and mutual respect through the power of arts, the Asian Cultural Council marks its 60th Anniversary and the 22nd year of ACC Philippines Foundation with a series of fundraisers to benefit Filipino artists.

ACC commences a global celebration of its decades-long mission, as envisioned by founder John D. Rockefeller 3rd, in solidarity with its other Asian affiliate offices in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. For its part, ACC Philippines Foundation (ACCPF) affirms its role in promoting and championing Filipino artistry by providing grants through the Philippine Fellowship Program to help in the development of deserving artists, scholars, art educators, and organizations.

For this important advocacy, ACCPF Trustees led by Chairman Ernest L. Escaler and President Maribel Ongpin actively spearheads annual fundraising campaigns and benefit events.


For its 2022 opening fundraiser this month, ACCPF is supported by BDO and Globe Telecom as it partners with Reality MM Studios and Globe Studios for the Philippine Premiere of the film “On the Job: The Missing 8” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) on February 18 at 5PM. Directed by Erik Matti with screenplay by Filipina ACC Fellow Michiko Yamamoto, the screening of the only Southeast Asian film that competed in the 78th Venice International Film Festival celebrates world-class Filipino excellence and the rare honor of winning the Volpi Cup Best Actor award for John Arcilla.

On March 5, the brilliance of visual artists comes to fore with the ACCPF Art Auction at Leon Gallery. Helmed expertly by long-time ACCPF partner Jaime Ponce De Leon and his team, the event promises to be another exciting moment for collectors and enthusiasts as exquisite pieces from Filipino masters will be unveiled along with outstanding works by young artists and contemporary art icons. Also, up for bid are pieces by ACC alumni Dex Fernandez, Noel Cuizon, Don Salubayba, Anton del Castillo, and Ambie Abaño.

Auction pieces may be viewed during a weeklong exhibit prior auction day at Leon Gallery located at Eurovilla 1, Rufino Cor. Legaspi Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City or via its website.

Proceeds of the fundraising events will be used for the ACC Philippine Fellowship Program. To know more about ACC and its programs for artists worldwide or if you wish to donate for our cause, visit

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