In light of recent events where Filipino artists have shared that they’ve been losing international commissions, LilyPichu has reached out to Pinoy artists online in support.
Specifically, LilyPichu tweeted that she was looking to commission art from Pinoy artists. To clarify, she specified that she “would love to prioritize artists currently living in the Philippines.”
Looking to commission some art from Filipino artists! Any recommendations? 😊
— lily (@LilyPichu) May 10, 2022
Aside from LilyPichu, several other artists and content creators have also voiced their support for Filipino artists in light of the situation.
✨ ARTISTS LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES PLEASE DROP YOUR COMM*SSION / DONO LINKS & PORTFOLIO BELOW ✨
Anyone looking to c*mm an artist, please bookmark this thread and support Filipino creators. Some people are getting orders cancelled rn and it's not ok!
I'll RT as many as I can!
— Zenith ぜんちゃん 🦋🌸 Vtuber Assets (@JarofRubiesArt) May 10, 2022
Hey, in light of recent events, if you’re a Filipino artist looking for work, comment below. I’d love to share your work with other people and hopefully get you seen by people who aren’t gonna act like little shits.
— HTTPaladin just released POLYHEDRAL, babes (@HTTPaladin) May 10, 2022
What’s happening to Filipino artists and international commissions?
In case you haven’t seen or read about what happened, here’s a quick explanation of the events.
Starting yesterday, some Filipino artists online have tweeted or shared on their social media platforms about how some of their international commissions have pulled out due to the recent Philippine election-related events. These shares include screenshots of PMs with international clients, some of which mentioned that they “don’t want to have anything to do with the Philippines” or that “it’s too risky”
i'm seeing more and more of my ph artist friends sharing their experience of their clients cancelling their commission. grabe naman ui, it doesn't mean that we support the dictator :'(((( intl clients, please stop backing out
— r u i 💛doing comms (@shibaruirui) May 11, 2022
While it’s disheartening to see Filipino artists get their commissions canceled due to recent events, the bright side is that there are still lots of people from outside the country that support Pinoy creators. Here’s hoping that the situation improves for these Filipino artists soon.