Sun Life Philippines, in cooperation with Salcedo Auctions, is raising funds for the benefit of the recent typhoon victims through the sale of Betsy Westendorp-Brias’ paintings.
For every purchase made by clients at Westendorp-Brias’ virtual art exhibit, Sun Life will donate ₱5,000 to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya. The company also welcomes direct donation to the organization.
“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,” says Benedict Sison, Sun Life CEO and Country head. “This is but one way for Sun Life to express its unwavering commitment to the Filipinos amid these difficult times.”
For his part, Salcedo Auctions Managing Director Victor Silvino expressed his appreciation to Sun Life for this alliance. “We are greatly honored by the chance to collaborate with Sun Life and an esteemed artist like Betsy Westendorp-Brias,” Silvino said.
Born Isabelle Maria Westendorp, Betsy started painting at a very young age by creating portraits of her family. This passion paved the way for her fame as she connected with influential personalities.
At the age of 21, she moved to the Philippines after marrying her husband Antonio ‘Tony’ Brias. In one of her trips to Spain, she was invited by then Philippine Ambassador to Spain to represent the Philippines during the Filipino Week of the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica in Madrid, where she wowed the crowd.
One milestone of her career as an artist is when Don Juan Carlos, then King of Spain, commissioned her to paint his son, Don Felipe.