Becoming Agents of Change through Arts


Making a difference to make the world a better place is such a challenging feat. For VSO Bahaginan, a premier development organization in the Philippines, such goal is achievable by bringing people to work together. As a federation member of the international organization, VSO, VSO Bahaginan has a network of people who help them in addressing issues in poverty. It creates positive change by engaging volunteers and partners through its wide range of volunteer programs and development initiatives.

Today, VSO Bahaginan celebrates another milestone in empowering people to become agents of change as individuals and institutions participate in the first “Art of Volunteerism” charity exhibit. It highlights Filipinos’ spirit of bayanihan as event unites the lovers of art and goodwill.

Shaped with the objective of opening door of volunteerism to a fresh ground, the “Art of Volunteerism” pools together 17 distinguished academics and professional visual artists from renowned universities in the Philippines for the realization of this project. The participating artists include MAro Ruben Malto II, Daniel “Dansoy” Coquilla, Benjie Cabangis, Jonathan Olazo, Mervy Pueblo, Nestor Olarte Vinluan, Noell EL Farol, Zean Cabangis, Riel Jaramillo Hilario, Ferdinand Cacnio, Rosscapili, Dexter Sy, Leeroy New, Mark Justiniani, and Paolo Ban Santos.

“With VSO, every peso you share brings people together to spark a chain reaction. You will help make life better not just for an individual of a family, but for a community or even a country,” said Malou Pantua-Juanito, executive director of VSO Bahaginan.

The funds that will be raised by the “Art of Volunteerism” project will be used to help fund the organization’s Model Forest Projects in Ulot, Samar and Carood, Bohol. This environment program is in partnership with the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) and the Department of Environment and natural Resources. The project focuses on the sustainable management of Carood Watershed  in Bohol and the Ulot Watershed in Samar.

VSO invites you to be part of this drive to transform lives. Together, we can help enable our local communities become champions of environmental protection and sustainability while still allowing them to be self-sufficient and productive.

The “Art of Volunteerism” has been made possible with strong support of Globe Telecommunications. Inc. Pioneer Insurance, and American Data Exchange Corporation. Also extending assistance to the event are Riego de Dios Law Offices and Voyage Studios.

If you want to be a stakeholder in the process of development through this initiative, visit http”//artofvolunteerism/ for details on how you can make a difference. The site also contains information on the participating artists and artworks.