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Peninsula In Pink Undergoes A Creative Makeover To Become The Art Of Pink Where Guests Enjoy Artwork By The Best Filipino Artists And Galleries, A Charitable Art Auction, Pink-Themed Afternoon Teas And Floral Decorations And Extra Pink-Tinted Treats And Surprises.
The Peninsula Manila is again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and the second-most common cancer in the world today, accounting for one in 10 of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide, and nearly one in four female cancer cases. With these statistics in mind, The Peninsula Hotels decided to harness its resources and create the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative.
Launched in Hong Kong in 2010, Peninsula in Pink is an annual event at all the Peninsula hotels in Asia, North America and Europe. Each hotel shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by creating pink-inspired afternoon teas, cocktails, dining and spa promotions and special events, with part of the proceeds donated to a local breast cancer organization.
In keeping with the global commitment to support innovative art, The Peninsula Manila will host an exhibition of artwork at The Lobby from September 15 to October by acclaimed Filipino artists BenCab, Plet Bolipata, Elmer Borlongan, Impy Pilapil and Ramon Orlina; industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue; and select pieces from the collections of some of the finest contemporary Filipino galleries such as Artinformal, Avellana Art Gallery, Galleria Duemila, Silverlens, The Drawing Room and Tin–aw. All the pieces will be auctioned on October 1 by official auction partner Christie’s, with the proceeds donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc which is rehabilitating the Breast Care Center of East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.
The Art of Pink builds on the partnerships The Peninsula Manila has created with leading Filipino artists and galleries to provide guests and the public with privileged access to art by established masters and emerging artists.
– Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang Palace.
– Plet Bolipata is a sculptor, artist and designer whose cheeky sense of humor allows her to overlap and intersect with different forms of visual arts.
– Elmer Borlongan is one of the most prominent contemporary Filipino painters best known for his distinctive use of figurative expressionism. He is a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ Thirteen Artist Awards in 1994, and his works have since become some of the most widely exhibited and sought after at auctions among Southeast Asian artists.
– Impy Pilapil is one of the Philippine’s foremost sculptors. Preferring to use the mediums of glass, stone and metal – and often together – her works have a transcendental quality fusing the elements of sky, water, wind and oceanic solitude.
– Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded industrial designer and manufacturer known for integrating locally sourced materials with innovative, hand-made production processes. Cobonpue’s brand is known around the world for its unique designs and roster of clientele that include Hollywood celebrities like Brad Pitt and members of royalty. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso.”
– Ramon Orlina is a multi-awarded glass sculptor who explores forms though glass cullets or crystal blocks, exploiting their translucent quality and smooth finish produced from months of reshaping and grinding.
– Artinformal (representing Eugenia Alcaide), Avellana Art Gallery (representing Francis “Kiko” Arnaez), Galleria Duemila (representing Duddley Diaz), Silverlens (representing Bernardo Pacquing), The Drawing Room (representing Gaston Damag) and Tin–aw (representing Brenda Fajardo and Julie Lluch) are among the finest contemporary Philippine art galleries who are riding a wave of interest in art sweeping through Southeast Asia.
“In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the highest incidence of breast cancer,” says The Peninsula Manila General Manager, Ms Sonja Vodusek. “One in every 13 Filipinos falls victim to it and as a woman, a sister, a daughter and the general manager of an institution that has worked for nearly 40 years with various local organizations to help make a difference in the lives of Filipino people, I believe very strongly in the fight against this terrible disease.”
This is the impetus behind The Peninsula Manila’s continuing partnership with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc as the charity of choice for its Art of Pink fundraising efforts. The hotel is also partnering with The Estée Lauder Companies, whose Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign is devoted to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research, and Pink for Life Foundation Inc, a non-profit non-stock charitable foundation whose mission is to provide deeply discounted chemotherapy treatment for patients with Stage 1 to 2 breast cancer.
At the conclusion of last year’s campaign, The Peninsula Manila raised P 5,900,000 – seed money that will be used to rehabilitate the Breast Care Center of the government-run East Avenue Medical Center. The center currently services 30-50 patients in space that can barely accommodate 20 individuals. The three-phased plan for the center will include enlarging the reception area, adding another wing as well as building a second floor, and purchasing 20 chemotherapy infusion chairs to supplement the two La-Z Boy recliners that they have.
Pink is the preferred color at The Peninsula Manila every October, and to support The Art of Pink initiative, the fountain, main entrances and guardian door lions of the hotel will be artfully illuminated in pink each evening from October 1 to 31, 2015.
As always, an exclusive PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN has been designed to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every Peninsula Manila staff member will wear this specially commissioned pink ribbon pin throughout October in support of this initiative. Pins are available for sale at a dedicated donation desk in The Lobby for P 250 nett, with a portion from each pin sold donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.
The Lobby’s premium teas selected and blended by The Peninsula’s tea masters can be enjoyed throughout October with a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats presented on a tiered platter for P 1,250 or from a buffet for P 1,680. In addition, the Pink Afternoon Tea offers may be paired with a glass of rosé Champagne at P 1,980 for the set or at P 2,350 for the buffet. For every The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea sold, guests will receive a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN and a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.
A special themed pink dessert will also be on offer in all the restaurants throughout October – “Pink Belle”, an airy confection of ivory chocolate, strawberry, mascarpone and Madagascar vanilla for P 490, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN. More pink pastries are available at The Peninsula Boutique at P 190 each. For every pink dessert sold, a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.
All restaurants will offer a “Pinktini” – a delicious pink cocktail concocted to honor this meaningful initiative, priced at P 600, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P 400 without the pin. A pink mocktail – “Pinkilicious” – is available at P 490 with a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P320 without the pin. For every drink sold, a donation will also be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.