UST College of Fine Arts and Design faculty member Asst. Prof. Mailah B. Balde, former Chair of the Painting Program, was one of the contributing artists in the TB Christmas Seals contest organized by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) for 2020 to 2021.
The 2020 Contest entry of PTSI, which garnered third place in the 2020 International Christmas Seals Contest, had “Hope” for its theme. The theme was a call to the people not to be discouraged by the current health crisis. Instead, everyone should be inspired by the opportunity it brings, to be of service to those in need.
The Philippine entry also had paintings by renowned and award-winning Thomasian artists such as Raul Isidro, Nemiranda, Fil de la Cruz, and Manuel Baldemor, Mailah’s father, among others.
PTSI has been producing Christmas seals since 1910. The seals are sold to raise funds for the organization. Collections from fund drives are utilized mainly for the diagnosis and management of indigent patients afflicted with tuberculosis (TB) and to sustain the TB research needs of the PTSI.