Salcedo Auctions celebrates the holidays with an auction series entitled “Under the Tree,” with two unique sales: their own “Under the Tree: The Wish List ,” and “ Under the Tree: The Holiday Sale” by its subsidiary brand Gavel&Block.
“The Wish List”—to be held on Nov. 23 at the Salcedo Auctions headquarters in NEX Tower along Ayala Avenue in Makati City—brings a curatorial slant to collecting the season’s best. Carefully selected fine Philippine art pieces by National Artists BenCab, Vicente Manansala, Napoleon Abueva, and Arturo Luz banner this sale. Modern masters such as Sanso and Malang, along with sought-after contemporary works by Tapaya and Taniguchi, rare furniture, and tribal and ethnographic art comprise the auction lineup. Each lot has been selected not just for its value, but also for its inherent beauty and the appreciation it deserves—a sentiment all too perfect for this most cherished time of year.
“The Holiday Sale” by Gavel&Block—this time to be held at The Podium’s West Tower in Mandaluyong on Nov. 30—puts the emerging collector in focus featuring pieces that are just as covetable and surprisingly accessible. Pieces thoughtfully selected here are chosen for the value they add in terms of design. The subsidiary was created as a place for people to explore a more diverse and inclusive line-up of art—from paintings by artists like Malang, Emmanuel Garibay, Nena Saquil, and Bernardo Pacquing as well as original prints by Lao Lianben, Cesar Legaspi, and BenCab, unique furniture, design collectibles, historic memorabilia, and the like.
“At Salcedo Auctions, we have always strived to create experiences that people will remember, whether it’s through purchasing art or participating in the auction process,” explains managing director Victor Silvino. “With Gavel&Block at The Podium, we hope to not only bring the auction experience to a whole new set of art and design enthusiasts, but also to reinforce the robust retail environment that is so crucial in the upwardly mobile, progressive direction that our country is headed. We have always hoped for more people to appreciate what we have to offer through our different brands and sales.”
To reinforce the spirit of giving that “Under the Tree” represents, Salcedo Auctions is proud to announce a new opportunity to make charitable donations, share life’s blessings, and give back to society with a focus on arts, culture, educational, and environmental initiatives. This is made possible by its new online platform, Bid for the Future, conceptualized by 16-year-old International School Manila Grade 11 student Joaquin Lerma who started giving art tours at the age of 11 and has been involved in organizing and writing for the auction house’s Gavel&Block benefit auctions over the past two years. His passion for history, informed by travels to heritage sites around the world, led him to select Escuela Taller as the first beneficiary of this new donation platform.
Escuela Taller is an non-governmental organization that educates and trains underprivileged youth to gain the skills necessary to preserve and restore the country’s built cultural heritage, with graduates being deployed under the supervision of experts to work on historical buildings in Manila as well as Bohol, Batanes, and Pampanga. Through their endeavors, the young Lerma believes that a whole new generation of Filipinos will be empowered to help secure and contribute to the appreciation of the country’s rich history, in addition to learning specialized skills that will provide livelihood not only for themselves, but also to entire communities through the educational and touristic programs that it generates.
Salcedo Auctions will be holding “Under the Tree: The Wish List” on Nov. 23, 2 p.m. at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. The public preview is currently from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Nov. 22.
Gavel&Block will hold the “Under the Tree: The Holiday Sale ” auction on Nov. 30, 2 p.m. at the Lobby of The Podium West Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila. The public preview will be held at the Ground Floor of The Podium daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Nov. 21 until Nov. 29.
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