Last July 30, 2016, the IBDP Visual Arts students of Grades 11 and 12 went on a field trip to the “Art Capital of the Philippines” in Angono, Rizal. They were able to visit the house of National Artist in Visual Arts, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, and interact with his grandson, “Totong,” who is also an artist. A rich display of bas relief lined the street depicting scenes from our history which were painted by Botong.
The students were able to pass by the house of another National Artist in Music, Lucio San Pedro. The street wall that lined the perimeter of the house had the metal relief of his famous piece, “Ugoy ng Duyan.” Their walk led them to St. Clement’s Parish Church where they were greeted by patrollers representing the tourism department of the town.
Next stop was at the Blanco Family Museum where the group was toured by one of the sons of Jose “Pitok” Blanco, Michael, and his daughter. Both of them are also artists. The collection on display was neatly arranged from the works of the youngest son to the works of the patron of the family. It also showed the development of each of the artists with the youngest work at 11 months. The Blanco children became prolific since art-making is literally an 8-5 activity for everyone.
From the Blanco Family Museum, the group went to the studio of the next artist, Mr. Orville Tiamson. The students had an interaction with the artist and were treated to a raw sound art played over the guitar. From there, the students went to the Angono Private High school for their lunch break.
After lunch, it was time to head over to the mountain for a short trail leading to the National Museum of the Angono Petroglyphs. These ancient cave drawings were discovered by Botong during his camping trails with some boy scouts long ago.
The last stop was at the Nemiranda Art House. The gallery and the restaurant had a rustic feel, exhibiting arts and crafts native to the Town of Angono. A wide variety of art forms abound in the place.
It was a long, tiring, but very enriching day. Hopefully, the students were able to find inspiration from the variety of disciplines, art forms, styles and techniques that they encountered and will be able to create an artwork and/or an art critique based on the trip.