Bantay Bata 163

Art Exhibit for a Cause

John Francis Ducusin and Jacquilyn Recaña
February 17, 2017

ART within her Heart: Martina Marie Manalo’s Masterpiece

"I see beauty in the things that are minimal but avant-garde, deep but subtle, the nostalgic, melancholic, but full of angst--contradicting but by bits and pieces they are different, and will always be mysterious. That I think is what make things beautiful,"said Martina Manalo, painter and photographer.

Passion to Compassion

Martina had had no second thoughts in helping people, she used her talent in painting and photography to earn money for people who are really in need.

Nung maliit pa kasi si Martina kapag naglalakad  kami may nakikita kaming mga bata na mga nakakaawa. So sabi niya mama paglaki ko at may work na ako, I want to help those children,” said Ma. Ruth Manalo, mother of Marissa.

She used her Artworks to help children, wherein proceeds will be given to the children, a fund raising art exhibition for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163

Martina chose to help Bantay Bata to give hope to every children that are really deserving to an opportunity of having an education and a quality life. She values childhood as she empathizes the marginalized children.


The thirst for artistry never stops.

Martina's interest in painting begun two years ago as they moved houses from Quezon City to Manila.  She saw a plywood and paint on it using the acrylic paint.

Her passion in painting really outburst as she devotes her time doing abstract works inspired in a contemporary time as well as taking photos with works inspired from the dreams of the clouds, nostalgic, melancholic memories, and socially relevant issues.

Manalo’s abstract works explore the release of nervous tension from a universal perspective; from subjective and objective viewpoints.

The said art exhibit is open from February 7 until March 7, 2017.  It is located at Kulay Diwa Gallery of the Philippine  Contemporary  Art, Lopez Ave, Lopez Village, Sucat, Parañaque.