• Art exhibit honors Botong, Lucio San Pedro

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    THE National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and the Intramuros Visual Artists Philippines (IVAP) on Friday conducted an exhibit in honor of National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” Francisco and National Artist for Music Maestro Lucio San Pedro who were considered as the founders of Philippine Arts and Culture.

    In celebration of the artists’ 100th birth centenary, NPDC Executive Director Juliet Villegas and IVAP President Nemencio “Nemi” Miranda launched the week-long art exhibit at the Arts Association of the Philippines Gallery in Rizal Park’s Kanlungan ng Sining.

    The said launch was also attended by other talented and renowned local artists, and carried the theme Sentinaryo.

    Forty paintings from 40 Filipino artists from different parts of the country showcased the lives, works, and the personas of Francisco and San Pedro, who both hail from Angono town in Rizal province.

    Villegas said that the project aims to help Filipinos, especially local and foreign park goers, realize and understand the value and contributions of Francisco and San Pedro in the arts industry inside and outside of the country.

    “It is important for us to help our fellow Filipinos, especially our youth and our foreign visitors, appreciate and grasp the essence of the contributions of two of our national artists in the likes of Botong Francisco and Maestro Lucio San Pedro. The NPDC, together with those who constitute the IVAP, believe that this en­deavor would be of great assistance in making the world realize the innate talent of Filipino artists,” Villegas explained.

    National Commission for Culture and the Arts Director for Visual Arts Miranda, for his part, said that although it might seem as a challenge for Filipino artists in the country to follow San Pedro and Botong’s legacies.

    The project serves as a means to expand and develop the arts industry in the Philippines, which is recognized all over the world.

    “It is not easy to follow the steps taken by two of the country’s founders of the arts, however, this serves as a big challenge to us, especially to the next generation, to develop, expand, and enhance the arts industry in the Philippines,” Miranda explained.

    Fatima Cielo Cancel

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