Art for a Cause


“Mama, I have a company! Migmarks and Arts!” the young Miguela Puyat eagerly exclaimed to her mom, who couldn’t quite figure out what she just announced. She was ten years old then and wanted to become a businessman like her dad. She would make bookmarks and rosaries and sell them to her relatives, just so she could have more baon. But as she grew older, Miguela realized that the money should go somewhere else—that other people needed it more. She was exposed to public service at a tender age since her parents are advocates, and they influenced her to live a life for other people. She started using her art skills to teach street kids in the community to do beadworks so they can create and market their own products. Now, every time she creates something—whether it’s art or music—she finds it more meaningful when she is able to share her abilities and when her creations go to a good cause.  Miss Doodle Miguela started dabbling in art when she was a kid, spending most of her alone time drawing her mom with a heart-shaped head. In class, she would also doodle a lot, and teachers would scold her because they thought she wasn’t listening. But when quarter exams came, she would  get excellent grades. A lot of her works are self-portraits. She sees herself in different obscure situations and puts them into art. Her significant experiences define the kind of artwork she produces. Sometimes, random ideas come to her like they are calling her to transfer them into a canvas, or she just draws aimlessly the thoughts wandering in her mind. Miguela takes inspiration from the styles of Lucian Freud and David Hockney, British painters who do impasto and pop art, respectively. National artist Ang Kiukok, a Filipino painter of Chinese descent, also influenced her artworks. “He uses a surrealist art style. It looks unrealistic, the proportions are not real, he illustrates the shadows and scratch marks, and makes the skin imperfect, which is what we are. We are not perfect, but he manages to make (his subjects) look beautiful,” Miguela explained. When drawing a person, the hand should be the size of the face to have the right proportion. Miguela, whose hands are much smaller than her face, believes that there is more perfection in imperfection. “I produced my art the way I see it in my head, but not the way other people see it or the way things are,” she added. The Young Advocate In the beginning, Miguela made trinkets for fundraising, but she soon found out that the most efficient way to make capital is to mass produce her artwork and put them on merchandise. She founded Migmarks and Arts, a social enterprise, to support her beneficiaries including Bantay Bata 163, helping abused and sick children; Lingkod-ER Foundation, aiding indigent patients in the emergency rooms; DZMM TLC Public Service on Wheels, conducting community service in different areas of the Philippines; and the