Fundacion Centro Flamenco founder Cecile de Joya and her daughter, Minette, held their exhibit recently at Sunshine Place in Makati City. The exhibit was titled "Breaking Through: An Expression of Life Through Art."

De Joya discovered her love for painting when she was invited in 2015 to teach flamenco to members at the Sunshine Place. The art classes at the senior recreation center caught her attention. She decided to attend those classes. Upon retirement a year later, she decided to pursue painting.

"Painting has been a part of my life since my mother is an artist, a musician and a painter, as well." she said.

From 2015 to date (2017), she able to produce more than 25 paintings both in class and at home, her inspiration coming from flamenco. She alos has works on landscape, seascape sceneries, floral arrangements , and mother-and-daughter child portraits.

Her daughter, Minette, has an innate talent for painting. Cecile shared: "She is an inbord painter even without formal lessons." Minette started dabbling in sketching in high school. In her college years, hse explored watercolor as a medium, albeit it was short-libed due to her lack of formal training. Minette only pursued painting once more when mother brought her to Sunshine Place. Together with her mom, they enrolled and she rediscovered her painting talents.

Minette featured more that 15 artworks of abstract, figure and mother and daughter.

Minette was reached top 21 honorable mention among 280 entries under representational category of GSIS National Art Competition 2018.