/ 10 August 2020

STUDENT-ARTISTS  of the De La Salle University have launched a charity drive to help people affected by the pandemic, starting with the elderly.

‘Ang Lunas Co.’, an artist collective among designers and photographers composed mostly of La Salle students, sells merch and offers commissioned art in which 100% of the proceeds will go to a chosen recipient.

For the drive’s first batch, the collective chose the House of Somang – a non-government institution that offers residential facility for the poorest elders in Metro Manila.

Jaime Lee, the group’s founder,  said the charity was a result of to her anxiety and ‘unutilized privilege’.

“Most of the time, kahit ngayon, ‘yung feeling ko is as though ‘yung privilege na mayroon ako ay hindi nau-utilize para sa mabuting bagay, so dun siya nag-start. I  started messaging friends, artists that I know that have drive and compassion. And most of all, talent that I personally admire din pala,” Lee said.

“We’re doing almost everything virtually, which, challenge siya on its own. So yes, online banks, online transfers, all of it! Hassle siya and we’ll have to figure out a way to get our monetary funds to our beneficiary, House of Somang,” added Lee as she stressed that the MECQ classification for Metro Manila has posed as a big hindrance to their undertaking.

Lee also revealed that the next beneficiary has already been chosen.

“Our next wave is already lined up, ibang beneficiary din. Pero there will be a break after this, and a break kada tapos ng each wave, to ensure that the mental health of my members will be intact and they can also decide for themselves what their best interest is in regards to the team/org,” Lee stressed

The prices of their merch range from P100 to P800.