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Mark Bautista’s abstract life

David John Cubangbang



THERE'S more to Mark Bautista than meets the eye. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/IAMMARKBAUTISTA

He became known for his soulful way of singing, but there’s more to Mark Bautista than meets the eye.

At the recent Shop and Share Auction spearheaded by Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis, Mark Bautista surprised many with how he could also express his feelings through painting. Proof of the pudding was that 10 of Mark’s works were sold out and raised more than P400,000.

Majority of Mark’s paintings sold were done way back 2011.

In an interview with DZRH, Mark said that he was shocked by the attention his paintings got during the auction. He said that one of his works was bought for P100,000 by a Filipino based in Hawaii.

Because of its success, Mark looks forward to having his own exhibit when everything goes back to normal.

His paintings are mostly abstract but they have become more colorful than the darker tones he rendered way back in 2011. Could it be a reflection of his emotional state?

Some speculate that it could represent his feeling of freedom after coming out regarding his sexuality.

Off to a good start

Meanwhile, Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis’ Shop and Share program collected P700,000 on its opening day on 1 June.

“Thank you so much for the amazing support! We still have a few items available for immediate purchase and a few active auctions!” Locsin said on Instagram earlier today, 2 June.

Among the things that were sold were designer apparels and accessories from Anne and Angel.

Still up for grabs are Dingdong and Marian Dantes’ Mustasa painting by Mark Padernao and Ogie Alcasid’s toy collection that is a steal for enthusiasts. Pia Wurtzbach’s sandals and boots are still looking for their new owners.

Other steals are Vhong Navarro’s Air Max 95 which has a starting price of P5,000; Raymond Gutierrez’s Adidas Climacool at P4,000 pesos; and Vice Ganda’s FW17 Supreme Jacket which normally costs P30,000 now up for grabs at P20,000.

The shop also offers footwear from Bea Alonzo, Vice Ganda, Liza Soberano and Karla Estrada.

The project “is dedicated to help our fellow Filipinos who need to be tested during this COVID-19 pandemic” and aims “to cover the expense for testing kits to the underprivileged who are affected by this global crisis,” it is stated on its website.

Those interested can check out The schedule for the next batch of items will be announced soon, according to Locsin.

Angel and Anne originally started the initiative back in 2009 as an effort to help the victims of “Typhoon Ondoy.”