Angono marks centennial birth of two national artists

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 7 (PIA) — Angono, Rizal recently celebrated the centennial birth of two of its National Artists – Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Professor Lucio San Pedro last November 4 through a flower offering and multi-sectoral program at the St. Clement Catholic Cemetery.

A parade of Angono’s famed “higantes” followed the morning ceremony towards Brgy. Poblacion Itaas where a street mural gallery featuring Francisco’s works was unveiled.

Several art exhibits and events were also held in honor of the late national artists.

National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Visual Arts Committee Chairman Nemi Miranda opened an exhibit at the Pandayan Bookshop Gallery featuring works of the Angono and Rizal Artists Federation members.

Another art exhibit was opened at the Ateliers Showroom (formerly Nemiranda Art Cafe). Members of the Angono Tres-Siete Poetry Society also launched a poetry book entitled “In(ter)vention Kina Maestro Lucio at Botong” at the Ateliers Cafe, Barangay San Roque.

Botong Francisco was born November 4, 1912 while Professor San Pedro was born February 11, 1913. Incidentally, both national artists share the same March 31 death anniversary with Francisco dying in 1969 while San Pedro in 2003. Angono Mayor Gerry Calderon also renamed their tombs as the Shrine of National Artists of Angono.

In line with the commemoration several outstanding citizens were given the highest honor given by the municipality of Angono, the Sangguniang Bayan Award.

Mayor Calderon received the award for public service, Edith Castillo-Fuentes and Prof. Jopat Gragera for music, and Jessica Cabano-ang and Andrew Orcena for Athletics. Dangal ng Bayan Awards were also given to Ti Marta Vitor for Dance, Rosario Mag-atas and Albert Delos Santos for Education, Emmanuel Pinon for Music and Rizal News Online Editor Richard Gappi for Arts, Literature and Journalism while Sonny Boy Jaro (Boxing), Aaron Bautista (Arts), Charlie Anorico (Arts) and Jan Lemuel Blanco (Music) were conferred the Natatanging Mamamayan ng Angono Awards later that evening. (Richard Gappi-RNO/Angono PIO/GG-PIA4A)

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