PABLO PICASSO once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Some people, like children with cancer, don’t have the benefit of everyday life that they can shake dust from. Salcedo Auctions, through its subsidiary Gavel&Block, is helping out children with cancer through a benefit auction on July 20, in partnership with the IWantToShare Foundation.

The fundraising auction will help the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to fund the medical needs of children with cancer, to whom the efforts of this special auction are dedicated. The foundation has been working with the department since 2016.

Sheila Bermudez-Romero, president of the charitable organization, said, “We believe that to those who are given much, much is also expected. As we share the same values of determination, perseverance in achieving a goal, passion to help and of finding joy in service, we have become a channel of blessings and what we get back is truly priceless.” Ms. Romero is the president of the Roku Group of restaurants, while her husband is politician Michael Romero.

Highlights at the auction include various items of jewelry, but highlighted of course, is the art. These include works by: National Artists Fernando Zobel, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, and Cesar Legaspi; Eduardo Castrillo, Juvenal Sanso, Winner Jumalon, Jigger Cruz, Daniel dela Cruz, Ramon Orlina, Justin Nuyda, and Emmanuel Garibay.

“This auction hopes to provide the means to raise both funds and awareness for a most worthy cause, and also to remind collectors of the transformative and life changing powers of the arts,” said Richie Lerma, director of Salcedo Auctions.

The auction will be held on July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Salcedo Auctions’ new headquarters at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Ave., Makati. — JLG