On 01 September 2016, the Ugnay Sining has launched a group show at the Social Security System (SSS) Gallery, SSS national headquarters, in East Avenue, Quezon City. This is in connection with the celebration of the 59th anniversary of the institution, which provides the Filipino people available and tax-free surety as mandated by Republic Act 8282 or the Social Security Law of 1997.
The SSS was founded by the virtue of Republic Act 1161 in 1957. And now, for almost six decades, SSS has been the partner of the workers of the private sector in meeting their social security needs.
Ugnay Sining is a group of artist bonded together by a common cause: the promotion and advancement of the arts in the Philippines.
In addition to this, Ugnay Sining also aims to advance the welfare of artists and help the community by providing them art workshops and other forms of support, whatever the artists of Ugnay-Sining can give. By saying this, Ugnay Sining also serves as a proponent of social and cultural development in the Philippines.
Seasoned artists Rene Canlas, Bonnie Gimenez, Miguel Wong, Oying Madrilejos, Camilo Santiago, Bimbo Santos, and Edgar Jose are the pioneers of Ugnay Sining. Roy C. Espinosa, Naning Molata, Khristina Manansala, Jessie Mariñas, Raks Molata, Liza Broce Oppus, and Ning Odulio are currently members of this esteemed group.
In his speech during the opening ceremonies of the art exhibit, Rene Canlas appealed to his fellow artists and art enthusiasts to extend their support to enable Ugnay Sining to continue its programs and efforts in helping the artistic community and the Filipino community as whole.