Filipinos are known for being resilient and resourceful. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we view things in life. We are now more careful about our health. Moreover, we are now more patient and we now understand the true meaning of kindness. As such, most of us relied on donations and help from other people.
Kristine is no stranger. Even before she became a full-fledged Christian, she is already a beautiful woman with a heart. She gives even if she doesn’t have to. That’s how she is. Demonstrating her true Christian values, she decided to extend help to our front liners and displaced workers through her distinct masterpieces.
On October 2, she unveiled her sold-out paintings at the Manila Hotel to her close friends, distinguished guests, and other high-profile art collectors. The event setup was carefully designed by Ariel Atendio, ensuring all involved were safe and secured. The event didn’t start without everyone being swabbed by CypressArk, a team of medical doctors. After which, Kristine’s Mentor/Friend Pastor, Ptr. Amir Sali, a known Fashion Designer, officiated and led a Dedication prayer, thanking The Lord, for all the blessings.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was headed by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Atty. Joey Lina (President of the Manila Hotel), Jaime Jasper Lim (Kristine’s husband), and her proud parents.
During the event, Kristine was all smiles and was overflowed with supportive parents beside her. But Kristine was confronted by challenges while putting up her exhibit. She thought of the worst. However, her faith and her love for the Lord are firm and steadfast. As a result, all of her paintings were sold out even before the event started.
High-profile art collectors, as well as, elite members of the society were captivated by Kristine’s works and immediately bought her paintings. The Eagle, for instance, was acquired by Senator Miguel Zubiri. Zubiri was fascinated by Lim’s creation and became keener to purchase when he found out he would also extend help to our front liners and displaced workers.
As a Cum Laude of Fine Arts and Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines, Kristine wears many hats. A mom to beautiful three children namely Justine, Judah, and John (+), and a lovely wife to Jasper Lim. But her favorite hat to wear is her “follower of Christ” hat.
“I feel like a superwoman. I can do all things I love every time I honor him,” she proudly tells us. When asked who is her favorite artist, she said:
In everything that I do, I make it a point to do whatever it takes to achieve God’s purpose. Why? because we are here to fulfill what He has called us to do. We were all given skills and talents but it is not for us to boast about ourselves or to boost our ego. We have to make sure that everything we do is for a higher purpose. This exhibit is about a call for action. ALMOST THERE.
While some of us would have demonstrated appreciation and love for known artists, for Kristine, her favorite artist is God. ”If you are pertaining to anyone in the art industry, I’m sorry but I have none,” she said.
“My favorite artist is GOD. His creations are something no one can copy, nor replicate. No one can completely comprehend. No one is a better artist than Him,” she continues to explain.
In everything that I do, I make it a point to do whatever it takes to achieve God’s purpose. Why? because we are here to fulfill what He has called us to do. We were all given skills and talents but it is not for us to boast about ourselves or to boost our ego. We have to make sure that everything we do is for a higher purpose.
This exhibit is about a call for action. ALMOST THERE is about being caught in crossroads. Are you going to the path where you just give up and take things as it is or the path where you can do something and make a difference?
This 2020 I decided to immortalize some of the critically endangered species in the Philippines as heart-stirring yet thought-provoking mnemonics of who we are, where we stand, and what we are going through during this Pandemic and all the dark moments that we have experienced.
The state of being endangered unlocks the beginning of the end but it is also our light of hope; it is not yet too late. We are here to reflect, change, and act. Perhaps this is the moment why we have been created. We are here because we must and we can turn things around.
In connection to that, it’s also a nudge to be good stewards of God’s creation. I want to achieve awareness. Let’s take a cue from nature. What is it trying to tell us? Just like these animals, we are also on the verge of extinction. We have become selfish creatures. We have deviated from why we were originally created. We are always looking after our own welfare. It is about time to think beyond ourselves, to work towards being of service to others, and the good of the majority. We have interconnected after all.
Proceeds from the paintings and the actual AESCA products (where the artworks will be translated and reproduced) will be used to support those in the frontlines of this battle and the displaced workers due to the pandemic through missions of JKL Foundation Inc.
This event wouldn’t be possible without the grace of God and the people who believed in her. Kristine will continue to accept commission works through the group that manages her, Christian+ Collective which you may call directly at 0927 530 8847.
Her masterpieces are displayed at the Manila Hotel from October 2 to 15, 2020, and October 16 to 22, 2020 at the Diamond Hotel Manila.