Prisoners Donate by Bernie Lopez

Gerry (not his real name), an inmate at the Muntinlupa Bilibid Prison, relates that he wept unashamedly when he saw the victims of the super-typhoon on television.

Gerry is a member of the inmates’ group of artists-painters Kulay (Color). They had a meeting and donated 30 paintings worth about P100,000 to the victims via GMA7, which hopefully can sell them for cash. (If you want to buy a precious prisoner’s painting, which according to the GSIS Museum curator, can rival those in art galleries, you can contact the GMA7 hotline.)

A poor man’s one peso has more spiritual value than a rich man’s one hundred pesos. A painting is an integral part of the artist. They were giving not just something material but themselves to the Tacloban survivors.

Updated: 2014-01-05 — 09:56:06