This exhibit puts a spotlight on endangered species in the Philippines

Published October 19, 2020, 7:50 PM

by John Legaspi

Pandemic or not, we ought to keep the country’s exotic creatures alive

While the pandemic continues to halt much of they country’s activities, there is one issue that remains within the hands of humankind to change—the future of endangered species. This month, we are reminded of that when we bid goodbye to Kali, the lone progeny of the tamaraw gene pool in Mindoro. 

One Filipina is raising this issue with her art, and hopes that through it, we can come together and rally to keep these endangered species alive.

Kristine Soguilon-Lim, a true artist in the strictest sense of the word, is returning to the art scene after years of being on sabbatical. This year, she immortalizes some of the critically endangered species in the Philippines in a one-woman exhibition titled “Almost There” at the Diamond Hotel in Roxas, Blvd., Manila, open for viewing until Oct. 22.

“The state of being endangered unlocks the beginning of the end but it is also our light of hope; it is not yet too late,” Kristine says. “We are here to reflect, change, and act. Perhaps this is the moment why we have been created. We are here because we must and we can turn things around.” 

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Atty. Joey Lina (president of the Manila Hotel) with Kristine S. Lim (center), showcasing a few of her masterpieces

Kristine is a cum laude from the University of the Philippines, a graduate of Fine Arts and Visual Communication. She specializes in painting and photography, who over the years has come to understand what visual art means for her.

“The pieces we are showcasing are heart-stirring yet thought provoking mnemonics of who we are, where we stand and what we are going through,” she says.

Some of her paintings that were already sold out even before the exhibit opened

Proceeds from the paintings and the actual Aesca products will be used to support frontliners and displaced workers through missions of JKL Foundation Inc.

Kristine will continue to accept commission works through the group that manages her, Christian+ Collective.