Sun Life raises funds for typhoon victims through an exclusive art exhibit

Westendorp-Brias and one of her canvas masterpieces (art photo from Salcedo Auctions)

The undisputed No. 1 life insurance company in the Philippines will hold an exclusive art exhibit in an effort to generate funds for the benefit of those seriously affected by the devastation of a series of typhoons that hit the country.

Sun Life Philippines has announced a special preview of artist Betsy Westendorp-Brias’ limited Giclée on canvas collection for select clients. It will be held on November 23, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. During this preview, the invited guests can buy any of the featured works at a special rate. They will also have the rare chance to interact with Westendorp-Brias herself so they can personally ask questions about the masterpieces.


Bringing people together

“Art has the power to bring people together, and Betsy’s inspiring works give us the opportunity to unite and bring hope to those who have been affected by the onslaught of the recent typhoons,” said Sun Life CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison. “This is but one way for Sun Life to express its unwavering commitment to the Filipinos amid these difficult times.”

This special preview is a joint project with Salcedo Auctions, which has expressed appreciation for the partnership. “We are greatly honored by the chance to collaborate with Sun Life and an esteemed artist like Betsy Westendorp-Brias,” said Salcedo Auctions Managing Director Victor Silvino. “Through this exhibit, Sun Life clients who are art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the messages that Betsy conveys through her masterpieces.”

After the special preview, ‘Betsy Westendorp’s Limited Edition Giclée on Canvas Collection’ will run 24/7 from November 23 to 28, 2020 for select Sun Life clients. Public access will be facilitated on the last day.


Remarkable artist

Westendorp-Brias started painting at a very young age by creating portraits of her family. At 21, she moved to the Philippines after marrying Antonio ‘Tony’ Brias. On one of her trips to Spain, she got an invitation from the then Philippine Ambassador to Spain to represent the country in the Filipino Week of the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica in Madrid. She was also once commissioned by no less than King of Spain Don Juan Carlos to paint his son, Don Felipe.

The 90+-year-old artist has been holding several art galleries here and abroad. Westendorp-Brias is noted as among those few local artists who have received cultural distinctions from two nations (the Philippines and Spain).