ANGONO, Rizal, July 31, 2012―Angono Mayor Gerardo Calderon described the collaboration of the National Commission on the canonization of Pedro Calungsod with Angono artists to come out with 50 to 70 paintings of Calungsod as a great honor for the town known for its rich heritage of arts and culture.
“Karangalan ng santo at karangalan ng Angono” (It’s a great honor for our artists to be chosen to do paintings of Calungsod),” he said.
“Maraming pintor na magaling sa ibang lugar, pero nagkaisa ang [National Commission] na tayo ang gumawa ng obra maestro na ito (There are a lot of great painters from other places, but the National Commission was united in choosing us to do this masterpiece),” he added while addressing some of the Angono artists, July 29.
In general, Mayor Calderon said Angono shares the honor with the entire province of Rizal, recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a “Culture Capital” in 2010 because of the area’s rich heritage of arts and culture.
Maureen Bulatao, adviser of Likhanguno, an artists’ group based in the University of Rizal System – Angono, said it is a “great honor” and a “big opportunity” for the up and coming artists of the school to depict Calungsod in paintings.
The artists will be submitting black and white sketches or initial studies of their Calungsod paintings by August 3.
Some 50 to a 100 artists from the Angono Ateliers, Angono Artists’ Association, the University of Rizal System – Angono and the Neo Angono Artists, among others 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]