WHEN journalist Arlyn Dela Cruz decided to have a second run of her “Hindi Ako Pintor” exhibit, she wanted to have it done in a place that would excite and inspire her to produce more artwork. She also wanted to time her one-day exhibit to coincide with the celebration of Women’s Month because most of her artwork featured women.
Arlyn got wind of a possible tie up with Winford Manila Resort and Casino (WMRC) and when she met with hotel officials, she immediately fell in love with the space that was offered to her. At the prodding of Jeffrey Evora, WMRC President and Chief Operating Officer, Arlyn agreed to extend her exhibit to one month.
“Hindi Ako Pintor 2” was formally opened on February 20, 2020 and will run until March 20, 2020. Present during the opening ceremonies were Evora, Jami Ledesma, WMRC’s Corporate Communications Director; actress Elizabeth Oropesa; Ahna Mejia, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns of the Office of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian; and Arlyn’s colleagues.
“We actually believe in the Filipino talent so we will do whatever we can to help and support Filipino artists, sculptors, and painters,” Evora said. “Winford has a lot of space that I think is wasted. As nice as it is, it would be nicer with artwork and that’s why we are opening our doors to all kinds of artists.”
Arlyn suffered from a stroke last June 2019 and as part of her recovery process, and on the prodding of actress Elizabeth Oropesa, she started to paint. It was through painting that Arlyn was able to fully regain her motor skills.
“I am truly grateful to Elizabeth Oropesa because if it was not for her, I don’t think I would have the courage to start painting and stage this art ex-hibit,” Arlyn said in her remarks during the opening of her first exhibit in January. “I turned to painting to relax and recover from my health issues and after surviving colon cancer and a stroke, I realized that life is a celebration and that I should take this opportunity to do the things I want to do.”
She was not able to make it during Arlyn’s first exhibit but Oropesa was on hand to cut the ribbon for Arlyn’s second exhibit.
“I did not know Arlyn before but when she directed her first movie with me, I was surprised. She is very good at what she is doing,” Oropesa said. “When I found out that Arlyn was starting to paint, I was happy because this was a good outlet for her and I said she would really bloom because you can see her moods and what she is going through in her paintings.”
Arlyn had her first exhibit at Movida Fashion + Food Club, the newest hangout place located along P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Arlyn’s paintings are still on display at the second floor of Winford Manila Hotel and Resort until March 20, 2020. For those who are interested to buy any of Arlyn’s works, you may approach the Hotel’s reception desk.
About Winford Manila Resort and Casino:
Located in the center of historical San Lazaro Tourism and Business Park in Santa Cruz is the 22-story Winford Manila Resort and Casino (WMRC).
Opened in 2017, WMRC offers 128 spacious rooms and handsome suites, minus the prohibitive rate typical of a luxury hotel. A 700-seater ball-room on the fourth floor is readily available to accommodate weddings, parties, and MICE events.
WMRC currently offers four food and beverage outlets—Choi Garden, Copa de Manila, Hippodrome Bar & Lounge, and Pool Bar—each of which captures the spirit of the Filipino-Chinese community wherein it is situated.
Completing WMRC’s world-class facilities are a three-level entertainment and gaming area, helicopter pad, heated swimming pool, gym and spa, re-tail outlets, eight-level parking structure, and shuttle service providing members and guests with free scheduled roundtrip transportation to the property from Caloocan, Bulacan, Quezon City, and other points in the Greater Manila Area.