Bai-Bai Bukid, NVC’s art exhibit and trunk show, raises 10,000 Mingo Meals

Bai-Bai Bukid, NVC’s art exhibit and trunk show, raises 10,000 Mingo Meals

NVC’s “Bai-Bai, Bukid” (“sea” and “mountain” in the Hiligaynon dialect of Negros Occidental), an art exhibit and trunk show featuring the work of its artisans, has raised funds for 10,000 Mingo Meals to benefit undernourished children in the communities it serves. The event opening on October 22, 2019 gathered together Manila-based donors, partners, and other supporters to recognize them for their valuable contributions to the foundation. Bai-Bai Bukid ran from October 22-24 in Makati City. 

NVC President Millie Kilayko weaves the NVC story into the recognition program.
The art exhibit was opened by (from left) Nena Ortoll, who first broached the idea to NVC of recycling Nespresso capsules; Charlemagne Yu, president of Empire East Land Holdings and the very first buyer of NVC’s Nespresso art, and Susan Batungbacal Fries, president of the Spouses of the Heads of Mission in the Philippines, which has supported NVC’s Mingo Meals feeding program and built classrooms for indigenous children in remote Philippine locations. By the end of the event, all art pieces had been sold!
Each artwork is accompanied by a story about the work we do and the people we serve. Every piece has a piece of our history. Every piece has a piece of our heart.
Charlemagne Yu was not only NVC’s first-ever Nespresso art buyer, but he provided the source of inspiration for many future pieces. An avid diver and underwater photographer, his stunning photos of marine life were painstakingly recreated by our artisans using eggshells, glass chips, tiles, and of course, Nespresso capsules.
Bai-Bai Bukid also gave our two young ambassadors, Diego Barrientos (left) and Abram Bisuna (right) to finally meet! We’re very proud of the various projects these two talented young men have selflessly initiated for NVC, which resulted in uplifting many lives.
Ines Lovina Santiago holds up the certificate of recognition for the organizers of the Mikel Lovina Jamborun. Ines’ brother Mikel lost his life in an accident many years ago, and each year, her family remembers him through a fundraising fun run. For two years in a row, the Mikel Lovina Jamborun has raised funds for NVC and turned over more than 1,000 Love Bags filled with school supplies to children in need.

At the cocktail, all the finger food featured ingredients that came directly from NVC’s food production plant: Mingo choco bundt cake, handmade kansi dumplings made with NVC’s batwan powder, and Mingo mini quiches.

Update: Balsam Brands, a US e-commerce company and committed NVC partner, posts about its recognition during Bai-Bai Bukid.

Thank you to all of you who have helped us sail through many seas and climb so many mountains giving your love to the people we serve!