Yasmien Kurdi helped free an inmate from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Tagaytay City by buying one of the art pieces created by the convicts.
The actress shared the story on her Instagram.
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Yasmien said that she found out about the program of BJMP Tagaytay when she noticed the many artworks on display while she was shooting for her current television series Beautiful Justice. She learned that you can purchase one of the pieces to help finance an inmate’s bail.
“Napansin ko na ang daming art works at paintings na naka-paligid sa amin… Yun pala, kapag naka-bili ka daw ng isang art piece na gawa ng mga preso, makakalaya ang isang tao dahil may pang piyansa na siya,” she said on her post.
[“I noticed so many artworks and paintings around us… Apparently, when you buy an art piece made by a convict, one of them gets freed because you helped provide funds for their bail.”]
Knowing that she couldn’t pass up on this opportunity, she immediately bought a painting by an inmate named Jason which helped set free another inmate named Maricris Estrada.
“Ang saya at nakakaiyak yung feeling ko ngayon na alam kong makakapagpalaya ako ng tao,” she gushed. “Makakalaya ka na Ms. Maricris Estrada. Makikita mo na yung mga anak mo sa labas ng kulungan. Alagaan mo sila.”
[“I feel so happy and touched knowing I helped grant someone freedom. You are now free, Ms. Maricris Estrada. You will now be able to see your children outside of prison. Please take care of them.”]
Yasmien also expressed her gratitude towards warden Aris Villaester, who accommodated her and the rest of the Beautiful Justice cast and crew. She also commended the artist behind the painting she bought for his stunning work.
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