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‘It’s an honor for us to paint Calungsod’ – Angono mayor
“Karangalan ng santo at karangalan ng Angono” – this is how Angono Mayor Gerardo Calderon sees the partnership of the National Commission on the canonization of Pedro Calungsod with Angono artists to come out with fifty to seventy paintings of Calungsod.
Mayor Calderon who committed to personally oversee the progress of the project said that he was all too happy that Angono artists were chosen to paint the young martyr even if there are a lot of other great artists from other provinces.
He also said Angono shares the honor with the entire province of Rizal, recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEA) as a “Culture Capital” in 2010 because of the area’s rich heritage of arts and culture.
Angono itself is called the “Art Capital of the Philippines”.
For up and coming artists, the collaboration is a big break. Maureen Bulatao, adviser of Likhanguno, an artists’ group based in the the University of Rizal System – Angono, said it is a “big opportunity” for the Fine Arts students to be part of the project.
The artists will submit black and white sketches or initial studies of their Calungsod paintings by August 3.
Angono Department of Tourism cultural officer Patnubay Tiamson estimates some fifty to a hundred artists from the Angono Ateliers, Angono Artists’ Association, the University of Rizal System – Angono and the Neo Angono Artists will be part of the project.
The Calungsod paintings will be included in a coffee table book, which will be published in September. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]