On February 22, ACC Manila partnered with Leon Gallery for a benefit auction presenting over 150 exceptional pieces, including works by modern and contemporary art masters, fine antiques, exquisite furniture, and rare objets d’art. This annual art auction is led by the trustees of the ACC Philippines Foundation, whose passionate efforts have supported international cultural exchange of Filipino artists over the past two decades.

While the Philippines’ “master of genre” Fabian Dela Rosa and National Artist Ang Kiukok headlined the auction, it was ACC grantee and National Artist Jose Joya’s 1972 abstract, “Prelude to Violence” that yielded the biggest sale at 13.5 Million Pesos. Other significant bids included Fabian De La Rosa’s 1930 “Dos Hermanas” that was bought at 11 Million Pesos.

The bidding spanned almost five hours of excitement and applause as over 150 lots showcasing magnificent works of art, documents of historical significance, and storied antiques went under the gavel.

Members of the Asian Cultural Council Phiippines Foundation, Leon Gallery, and the ACC Philippine Fellowship Program
grantees during the joint press conference for the ACC Art Auction 2020

This live auction was a momentous beginning to this year’s celebration of ACC Philippines Foundation’s 20th anniversary with remarkable attendance of art buyers and collectors from near and far.

ACC Manila and Leon Gallery jointly thank everyone who made the recent art auction such a successful fundraising event in support of Filipino artists through the ACC Philippine Fellowship Program.


“The 2 daughters of Rafael Palma”, 1930; Fabian Dela Rosa Still "Life (Window Series)", 2001, by Ang Kiukok