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LOOK: ‘Tatay Art’ makes ends meet by drawing, walking around metro

/ 04:44 PM May 09, 2019

Walking around the metro may be a struggle for regular commuters, but to a certain Art Cuvinar, it has been part of his life, along with his artworks.

“Ito ang buhay ko,” it was what Cuvinar said to Maeriel Aquino, a netizen who posted the now viral photos of “Tatay Art” on Facebook last April 29, where she also shared her short yet inspiring encounter with the artist.


Nung una natakot kami kasi biglang lumapit samin si tatay umabi kay Kendra pinsan kong nasa picture hinaplos haplos ni…

Posted by Maeriel Aquino on Sunday, April 28, 2019


In her post, Aquino narrated what happened the night when she was about to dine with her 3-year-old cousin, Kendra Aquino, in Scrapyard Restaurant in Angono, Rizal one Sunday, April 28. This was when “Tatay Art” suddenly approached them.

“Nung una natakot kami kasi biglang lumapit sa amin si tatay, [tumabi] kay Kendra,” Aquino said.

(At first, we got scared because he suddenly approached us and got beside Kendra.)

Cuvinar gently rubbed Kendra’s head and asked them if it was her birthday because her dress looked good on her. In response, Aquino told him that it is just Kendra’s usual dress whenever they go out because she loves Disney Princesses.

“Pati ako natakot lalo na’t [stranger] kaya tinawag ko agad tito ko para sana paalisin or tanungin kung [ano ang] sadya. [Akala] ko religious or what, yun pala nagddrawing lang,” Aquino added.

(Even I got worried since he was a stranger, so I quickly called my uncle to ask him to move away, or to ask him what his intentions are. I thought it was for a religious matter, until I found out that he draws.)

Her cousin Kendra was so happy upon receiving her portrait made by Tatay Art.

LOOK: This senior sketch artist walks around Metro to make ends meet

Kendra Aquino holding her portrait made by Tatay Art Cuvinar. Image: Maeriel Aquino/Facebook

Aquino said Tatay Art told her that he does not have his own place to sell his artworks. He instead roams around the metro to look for prospective customers who would hire him and buy his crafts.

He visits the same restaurant in Angono every weekend, while on weekdays, he stays in SM Angono.

“Sana matulungan natin si Tatay (I hope we could help Tatay),” Aquino said. She also indicated Tatay Art’s contact number (‭0949-935-3177‬) for those who would like to hire him and buy his works.

“Kapag magpapadrawing kayo sa kanya, 150 pesos. Pero kung ako sa inyo, dagdagan niyo na lang kasi mura na yun kaysa sa iba. Tulong na rin para kay tatay,” Aquino added.

(If you will ask him for a sketch, it costs 150 pesos. But if I were you, you may give additional payment to him because he sells his works for a low price. It would also help him.)

In an exclusive interview with, Aquino said she was not able to ask additional details about Cuvinar, even his age, but she knew that he supposedly has a Facebook account under the name Art Cuvinar.

Aquino’s post already garnered over 48,000 likes, 9,700 comments and 21,000 shares as of this writing. Meanwhile, is yet to receive a response from Cuvinar. JB



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