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The art in heart

Millan’s mural & sculptures greet you at the shop’s entrance.

Yes, there is art in the word heart. Art also resides in it for there will always be love and appreciation for the beautiful, subjective in may be. If you like art and have the heart for it, go to where it resides—at Got Heart Community Shop.

Blessing the shop with a heart.

It’s the new place at The Peak of the Gaisano Mall where everything made by heart can be found, admired, taken home, if your heart so desires. Got Heart is where the homegrown artists, the well known and the blossoming, found a new home to hang their masterpieces in an address where a larger population of art lovers (even those who haven’t discovered that they are) can feast their eyes on.

Opening night at Got Heart Community Shop

The artworks on display are impressive. Kublai Millan’s Dalisaya series, a vast collection of Mindanao flora on canvases that exude optimism and happiness, brighten up the room, Jeff Bangot and Antonio Cadayona III’s works capture the joy of children at play, Jun Cayas’ socio-economic observations of the locale can be visualized though his artworks, Stella Estremera interprets East meets West, Victor Dumaguing renders the local tribal figures in brighter hues, Jon Traya sculpted out of reclaimed woods a collection of functional art pieces, and Melissa Yeung’s collage of patterns is painted like she embroiders a playful mix of brightly colored threads on tapestry. 
Kublai Millan & his Mindanao flora series

 Hide & Seek & the artist Jeff Bangot

Jon Traya & his Raya Chair sculpted from reclaimed woods

The manifestations of Jun Cayas’ observations on canvas

Antonio Cadayona III captures the joy in playing Pinoy games

Stella Estremera interprets East meets West

But Got Heart Community Store is more than just an art gallery. It’s also a foundation. Melissa Yeung, one of the artists featured in the exhibit, is the woman behind the Got Heart shops in the country says that Got Heart taps into the strengths of local communities and give them opportunities for entrepreneurship, a home that practices fair trade. It works with indigenous communities and develops their products to ‘Class A’ market level. 

The artists & friends. Deng Fuentes & Miggy Laurel with the artists, Stella Estemera, Kublai Millan & Melissa Yeung (the woman behind Got Heart community stores in the Philippines)

Check our Got Heart at The Peak, Gaisano Mall. It’s the shop with a heart. 
Maan Chua, Stella Estremera & Sunil Mansukhani
All in the family. Mabel Acosta (right) & her children grace the opening of Got Heart.

 Jackie Dizon, opening day’s guest of honor Governor of North Cotabato, Emmylou “Lala” Taliño- Mendoza, & Sonny Dizon

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 22, 2014.

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