Category: Arts

Arts in the Philippines

Trivia about the “Parisian Life” by Juan Luna

“Parisian Life”, also known as “Interior d’un Cafe” was painted in c 1892 by Juan Luna. The oil on canvass painting, 22 inches long ~ and 31 inches in width, and now housed at the GSIS Museum of fA Art-Pasay City, features three Filipino patriots – Jose Rizal, Juan Luna, and Ariston Bautista Lin. It was given by Juan Luna to Ariston Bautista Lin who kept it in his Quiapo house, site of the Propaganda and Katipunan movements.

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 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 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 Great Achievers in Philippine Art I – Comics Illustrators

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.

Trivia about the “Ang Batang Pinoy Laban sa Droga” National Stamp Design Contest

In response to the State of the Nation Address of Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the third session of the 12th Congress at Batasang Pambansa, the Philippine Postal Corporation launched the “Ang Batang Pinoy Laban Sa Droga” National Stamp Design Contest. As President Arroyo uhderscored the need for a collective effort in fighting the illegal drug trade in the country, this contest was designed to create awareness among the youth regarding their role in the anti-druq campaign of the government.

Trivia about Great Filipino Cartoonists

Antonio Santos Velasquez (Tony Velasquez) was born in Paco, Manila on October 29, 1910. He is known as the “Father of Tagalog Komiks”. In -1926, while a boy of 16 in high school, he worked as a photo-engraver at the Banaag Press in Santa Cruz, Manila, which was later bought by Ramon Roces of Liwayway. Velasquez took courses in Cartooning and Advertising at the Federal School of Arts of America. In 1935, he was promoted to chief artist for the six sister magazines: Liwayway, Graphic,Bannawag, Bisaya, Hiligaynon, and Bikolnon.

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 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 III

Juan Novicio Luna was the Philippines' greatest painter during the 19th century. Born on October 24, 1857 in the town of Badoc, lIocos Norte, Luna studied under at the Ateneo de Manila and at the Escuela Nautica where he earned a mariner’s license before becoming a painter. At the encouragement of Lorenzo Guerrero he studied painting at the Academia Real de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With his professor Alejo Vera, Luna went to Italy where he did many of his paintings among them was the famous Spoliarium which won for him a gold medal at the 1883 Madrid Art Exposition.