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K-12 DOLE AMP beneficiary paints his way to success

In 2018, a man who introduced himself as a former faculty member of the Far Eastern University came to the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division to seek assistance under the DOLE-AMP K to 12 program. He said that he is a painter by heart and profession and used to teach in the Fine Arts department of said university.

He presented his employment records and some documents to support his artistic claim. His credentials are impressive, having been educated in the United States and worked with different companies as a resident artist. He even showed an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer about his works. 

His name is Candido Manarpiiz. 

Like most personnel of the higher education institutions, Manarpiiz was also affected by the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act or the K to 12 program. “I experienced depression twice; one was when I lost my wife due to diabetes and its complications while the other was when I lost my appointment job as the Program Head for Fine Arts,” he said. “Those were the lowest points in my life,” he continued. 

Painting a new paradise

Manarpiiz learned about the DOLE aid through his former colleagues and submitted his application for a financial assistance at the DOLE-National Capital Region. “I was overjoyed when I received the letter of approval from DOLE-NCR. I told myself that this is another chance for me explore my potentials,” he said.

He used the monthly financial assistance he received to purchase the painting materials. “I felt energized and began to sketch, draw, and paint images,” said Manarpiiz whose expertise is portrait paintings. He beamed with profound enthusiasm and pride as he shared his story.

(L-R) K to 12 program beneficiary Candido Manarpiiz with DOLE-NCR K to 12 Program team: TSSD-EPWW Senior LEO Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes and K to 12 program technical staff, Jessa Marie Boc and Arnold Gratuito. Photo courtesy of Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes, DOLE-NCR Regional Office. 

A painter’s life is his work and his legacy is his “Obra Maestra”

Manarpiiz impressive works include the portraits of the former President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora A. Quezon that hangs in a museum in Baler, Aurora; and the late Senator Ninoy Aquino, which is found in the Wildlife Park in Quezon City. Other works include portraits of company CEOs and bankers. 

He told DOLE how fortunate he is because of the financial support. He was eager to give back all the blessings he received. “At present, I am providing free lessons to interested employees of the companies who commissioned for my works," he said. “I teach them basic methods of painting; it is my way of giving back.”

Indeed, his perseverance, patience, and hard work continue to pay-off as he was again commissioned by another financial institution to make a portrait of its founder. When asked of his secrets to success, he said “faith in God and positive attitude in life.”

As the aphorism goes, “If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the painter’s eyes should capture his subject’s soul and essence.” END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes

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