Category: Arts

Arts in the Philippines

Trivia about the Great Achievers in Philippine Art

The range of subjects in Philippine contemporary painting can be as wide and varied as the artist's imagination. Even scenes that appear "typical" may be re-interpreted and given new treatment. How often have we encountered landscape paintings with churches, or images of jeepney's, women in groups. or sidewalk vendors? And yet.

Trivia about Great Achievers in Philippine Art I

Lapu-lapu, by Francisco V. Coching. Coching was born on January 29, 1919. He left school at an early age to work for the magazine Liwayway, where his father was a novelist. He apprenticed with Tony Velasquez. In 1934, he created Bing Bigotilyo, and the year after, Marabini. After the war, he created Bulalakaw. However, it was Hagibis, his next work, that won him fame. Hagibis, which was inspired by Kulafu of Francisco Reyes and Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, ran for 15 years in Liwayway and was followed by sequels: Anak ni Hagibis and Si Gat Sibasib. Coching's creations were sought out by producers who made movies out of them. All but three of his dozens of komiks novels were made into movies. Coching both wrote and illustrated his stories. His works had strong narrative flow, brimming with drama, and punctuated by actions and surprise. His illustrative style belonged to the romantic tradition of komiks illustration, which he dominated from 1934 until 1973, the year he retired.


Trivia about Great Achievers in Philippine Art II

GERARDO DE LEON (B. September 12, 1913, D. July 21, 1981), Master Filmmaker. Gerry's first job was as a piano player at Cine Moderno during the era of silent movies. After finishing high school, he decided to become a doctor and enrolled at the U.S.T. College of Medicine. For a few years he concentrated on his studies; but the spell of the movies lured him. He became a professional actor and scriptwriter. His first directorial job came in 1939 via the movie, Ama't Anak. His biggest pre-war hit was Ang Maestra, starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Rosa del Rosario. De Leon went on to make over eighty movies from the 30's to the 70's. His last unfinished film was Juan de la Cruz starring Fernando Poe, Jr. in 1976. He was named National Artist in Film in 1982.

Trivia about the Philippine National Artists

Carlos Quirino – is best known for his early biography of Jose Rizal. He also wrote several works on Philippine history and biographies of President Manuel Quezon and the painter Damian Domingo. In 1997 he was recognised as a National Artist of the Philippines for Historical Literature.

Leonor Orosa Goquingco – was a Filipino national artist in creative dance. She could play the piano, draw, design scenery and costumes, sculpt, act, direct, dance and choreograph. Her pen name was Cristina Luna and she was known as Trailblazer, Mother of Philippine Theater Dance and Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics. She died on July 15 2005 of “cardiac arrest secondary to cerebro-vascular accident” at the age of 87.

Trivia about the San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte


Last year, the town of San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte celebrated the centennial of its reconstitution through the Damili Festival slated from November 9 to December 31. Damili, an Ilocano word meaning pottery or pottery making, is a traditional livelihood of the San Nicolas folks. The two-month long celebration is in pursuant of Proclamation 1832 signed by President Gloria Arroyo on July 6, 2009 declaring 2009 as the Centennial Year of the Reconstitution of the Municipality of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. The proclamation also directs various agencies including the National Historical Institute (NHI) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to participate in the celebration.

Historically, San Nicolas was separated from Laoag and its territory was reconstituted on January 1, 1909 pursuant to Executive Order 101 dated October 22, 1908, issued by then-Gov. Gen. James Smith.

Trivia about the Paintings of Juan Luna

Juan Luna paintings taken from the book of "Juan Luna, The Filipino Painter" by Santiago Albano Pilar and published by Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc., 1980.  The diskette with the paintings was provided by Carminda Arevalo of the National Historical Institute.

An internationally acclaimed Filipino painter who brought honor to the Philippines. Juan Luna was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte on October 24, 1857. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila. In 1877, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, Spain, where he won the high praises of his Spanish teachers.

Trivia about the Year of the Goat

People born under the sign of goat (1907, 1919,1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, and 2003) are kind and compassionate. They are civilized, courtly, and refined. They like peace and quiet, and follow the latest trends in art and literature. Some may see a goat person as a bit of pushover, but that is far from the truth, because he can be determined when he wants his own way.


Trivia about the 2001 Stamp Exhibition

The Philippine Chinese Philatelic Society (PCPS) was formally named and established in 1951 by a group of overseas Chinese philatelists who sought to: 1) promote philately as a wholesome hobby; 2) foster cordial relationship between Filipino and Chinese collectors; 3) introduce Chinese philately to collectors through the print medium; and 4) gain recognition in international philatelic circles.