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Raise Your Paddle for Hope: A Charity Auction for Lupus

Raise Your Paddle for Hope: A Charity Auction for Lupus

Luxury | October 13, 2021
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Gavel & Block by Salcedo Auctions will be hosting an online charity auction to benefit the Hope for Lupus Foundation on October 16, 2021.

For Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, it all started with a barrage of seemingly unrelated health conditions—from skin rashes to joint pain, extreme fatigue, hair loss, and dizziness. Not knowing what she had, the 25-year old lawyer first chalked it off as stress. But turns out, it was actually lupus.

Lupus, Explained

Lupus is a chronic and lifelong autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system goes against itself—attacking its very own organs, mistaking them as foreign and harmful. While statistics show that over 5 million people worldwide have lupus, the numbers can be much higher, especially since many cases go undiagnosed. It was the same for Villar, who only got a proper diagnosis much later.

Little is known about lupus. In fact, there are only a handful of doctors in the country who specialize in the disease and its varied symptoms. And even so, there is a significant lack of understanding and awareness revolving around lupus. Plus, this condition can affect anyone—people of all ages, races, and ethnicities.

Once Villar learned about her condition, she dove headfirst into learning all she could about lupus. She spent hour after hour researching about the disease. But because she knew that not everyone had access to the same resources as she has, she wanted to help her fellow Filipinos deal with this invisible illness.

With that, the Hope for Lupus Foundation was born. This non-profit organization aims to increase awareness about this mysterious condition, aid in its early detection, and ensure that people get the proper treatment they deserve. That way, people with lupus or whose loved ones have the disease will know how to properly manage lupus.

Raising Awareness for Lupus

To raise awareness and proceeds for Lupus patients, the Hope for Lupus Foundation—together with Gavel & Block by Salcedo Auctions—have teamed up to host an annual charity auction. This benefit auction has been ongoing for the past 4 years and has raised millions of pesos for the charities and non-profit organizations that it supports.

But this year, given the pandemic restrictions, the annual charity auction will be held virtually—on Saturday, October 16, 2021—via salcedoauctions.com.

With close to 100 lots, the online charity auction will showcase works by leading contemporary Filipino visual artists like Emmanuel Garibay, Raffy Napay, Jigger Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo, Jr., Manuel Ocampo, Daniel dela Cruz, Winner Jumalon, and Olan Ventura.

Painting by Emmanuel Garibay
Painting by Raffy Napay
Painting by Jigger Cruz
Painting by Manuel Ocampo
Sculpture by Daniel Dela-Cruz
Painting by Winner Jumalon
Painting by Olan Ventura

Sterling silver pieces from Cartier and Tiffany & Co., fine Baccarat and Lalique crystal, as well as jewelry by Riqueza and Janina Dizon will also be making an appearance. And proceeds from this online charity auction will be donated to the Hope of Lupus Foundation.

Flask by Cartier
Silver pieces by Tiffany & Co.
Crystal Baccarat by Thomas Bastide
Vase from Baccarat
Earrings by Janina Dizon

These are just some of the pieces—from artworks, scupltures, jewelry pieces, and more—to expect in this Saturday’s upcoming auction:

Crystal piece from Baccarat
Painting by Alfredo Esquillo Jr.
Artwork by Elizalde Navarro
Earrings by Riqueza

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For more details on the online charity auction, you may visit their website at salcedoauctions.com.

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