Center for Possibilities Foundation Back-to-Back Event: Samantha & Soundtracks and Symphonies

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Honestly speaking, even though I love art and paintings that much, I'm not really gifted in this department. I can sketch but I can never draw a perfect face or paint a simple landscape even if I tried several times. I've come to that conclusion that there are some gifted people who excel in this area and I salute them. For most artists, we might think it's easy for them but it's also a challenge to create a masterpiece. With art works, you can also cross the barrier of language and culture. This is why I am looking forward to check out Samantha Kaspar's Art Exhibit.

On January 28, the Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) will be staging a back-to-back event at the RCBC Plaza in Makati. At 5:30 in the afternoon, the self-titled exhibit of19-year-old Samantha Kaspar will open to the public. At 7:00 pm, the Manila Symphony Orchestra will take center stage. 

Samantha Kaspar is a 19 year old artist and she will be auctioning off around 30 to 40 artworks. Some of these are shawls, while some are paintings. 

Samantha uses a wide variety of media for her work, and we wanted to show the gamut of her abilities. Samantha works primarily on piña silk using silk paints. She also uses acrylic paint on canvas sometimes.

The artworks have varied themes, with no central theme tying them together. Samantha usually gets inspiration from the things around her. Now, for example, she’s working on an artwork featuring the view outside her window. 

She also tries to tap into her Filipino roots, coming up with Filipino-themed artworks. It’s a good opportunity for her to showcase Filipino culture while simultaneously showing off her artistic skills.

 Samantha with parents Martin and Mitzi
 Samantha with parents Martin and Mitzi
Samantha with parents Martin and Mitzi together with her art coach Kenn and members of Center for Possibilities

While half-Swiss, Samantha always tries to tap into her Filipino roots, coming up with Filipino-themed artworks. She will be promoting some of that local culture when she heads to the Philippine Center in New York for the Fashion Arts Autism Benefit (FAAB) on April 7. 

FAAB is meant to showcase the artistic talents of children with special needs. Samantha, diagnosed with Autism when she was one and a half years old, is one of eight artists chosen to presenttheir paintings on piña silkto be translated into clothing by featured designers for the fashion show, Patis Tesoro and Anthony Legarda. Master weaver India Legaspiis credited for teaching the artists the technique of piña silk painting. 

Samantha hopes to fund her trip with the proceeds of her auction. 

Samantha will be part of eight artists under the Fashion Arts Autism Benefit banner. They will be gracing the World Autism Awareness Day of the UN on April 3. On April 7, they will be attending a fashion show organized by the Autism Hearts Foundation, wherein they will collaborate with Filipino designers (Patis Tesoro and Anthony Legarda); these eight artists will come up with designs for the fashion show, designs which the partner designers will subsequently translate into clothes. 

The Manila Symphony Orchestra’s “Soundtracks and Symphonies” will be conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina and annotated by Jeffrey Solares. Included in their repertoire is a John Williams tribute as well as pieces from greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

The concert is for the benefit of Special Education (SPED) Centers that have been the focus of the Center for Possibilities’ recent efforts. To act as a venue for learning of indigent persons with special needs, each SPED Center is operated by a teacher trained in the SPED division of Reach International School.

The Sagada SPED Center has been up and running and will be enhanced with a series of livelihood and vocational programs that will be teaching skills for income-generating activities. “Caring for special kids is very taxing because it’s usually just a one-income household so we also need to help the parents improve their finances,” explains CFP founder, Dolores Cheng.

In Norzagaray, what they have right now is just the building itself. A fence, a water tank, and a playground are still needed. “We are also in the process of doing our due diligence by determining the number of special children in all the barangays relevant to Norzagaray. Next will be an orientation for all the parents within the community. We are subsequently planning for the provision of testing, diagnosis, and analysis for the children with special needs,” Cheng adds. 

More about Center for Possibilities Foundation:
It was established on 2008, it's a non-profit organization that aims to be a sanctuary for 
children with special needs and their family and friends. They are focused on supporting an inclusive society, generating awareness and as well as involvement in discovering and developing the potentials of individuals with special needs.

It was part of Ms. Dolores Cheng's  personal journey. Her son Andreas (now 22 years old) was diagnosed at age three with Global Development Delay. At the time, she wanted to understand what it meant to raise a child with special needs. There were no support groups for his particular type of disability, she didn’t know where to go, who to see, where to find what she needed to know. So she thought that maybe if she formed a group of her own, she would be able to ring a call to other people who might be in the same boat and need some help. She wanted to provide a support system to parents.

Enrollment in the SPED Centers is free so it helps alleviate the family’s cost of taking care of special children. If you would like to extend assistance, you may reach CFP at or (02) 723-1242 / (0918) 888-1759.

So is you love music and art then you will surely enjoy both events happening on January 28. Art is one of the most efficient media to share ideas and information. Through art, you can show your dreams to the world , which you cannot express in words and this is what Samantha is doing. Art is a universal language, like smile and you will surely smile upon witnessing this event.

“Samantha” and “Soundtracks and Symphonies” will be on January 28, 2016, 5:30pm at the Carlos P. Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza, Makati. 

Special thanks to L' entrecote Corner Bar & Resto for hosting the venue located at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 

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