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Preserving History Through Art: A Family’s Legacy


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Choose Philippines | Nov 17, 2016

Meet the Blanco clan, a family of artists living in the Arts Capital of the Philippines – Angono. Their family is well known for Jose V. Blanco’s mural size paintings that capture festive celebrations in Angono, Rizal.

One does need a map to be able to locate the Blanco Family Museum since locals of Angono will pinpoint the exact location of this place.

Read: From Stick Drawings to Colorful Canvas: Family of Painters Champions Filipino Creativity 

When asked about their family’s legacy, Michael Blanco says “Sa family namin, Filipino talaga. Kasi goal namin sa family, mai-record ‘yong kultura’t tradisyon ng mga Pilipino. So nagta-travel kami sa iba’t ibang provinces sa Philippines – Batanes, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, South Cotabato."

‘Yung subject matter na ‘yun, lalabas pa sa mga paintings namin. Gano’n din, kung ano ‘yung gingawa namin noong araw kasama ng parents nain, inililipat din namin sa mga anak namin ‘yun. Nagsschedule kami tulad nung araw, sama-sama kami. Basta pamipamilya pa rin kami, pupunta kami sa iba’t ibang probinsya rin," Michael added.

He narrates of how their family travels around the provinces of the Philippines and journals the experience through visual art. Through their paintings, they capture the culture, tradition, and the daily life of Filipinos.

In fact, they continue to intentionally set aside time to travel together as a family and pass on the legacy to their own children.

Know more about their story here: Angono Family Records Philippine History Through Paintings

More Stories from Angono:

Simplicity at Its Best: Life in the Arts Capital of the Philippines

A Short Walk Inside Philippines’ Biggest Museum: Angono, Rizal

St. Clement Church: The Historic 445-year-old Church in Angono 


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