Art Capital of the Philippines

Blanco Family Museum

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“The family that prays together stays together.”  But did you know that it can be changed as “The family that paints together, stays together”? Yes, it can be.

In the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, there was a family named Blanco Family. Started by prominent artist Jose "Pitok" V. Blanco, all his seven children namely Glen, Noel, Michael, Joy, John, Kaye and Peter Paul, utilized their father's painting style.  All of the members of the family contribute on that art gallery and their artworks were displayed there.

In the face of they weren’t able to attain proper proficient training in painting; they were able to produced professional artworks and those artworks seem to be a photograph taken using an XLR camera. It is also fascinating that their usual subjects was their own or even their siblings and parents and paintings depict rural life outdoors that are more colorful and each done with meticulous feature.

 




The Art Gallery and the Family:

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The known family of painter, Blanco Family, is memorialized in the Blanco Family Museum located at 312 Ibañez St.,Angono Rizal, stated as the Philippines’ Art Capital. The museum accommodates an anthology of paintings by the members of the family as well as some memorabilia through the years. The museum is open everyday in the morning until 11:00am and 1:00pm up to 5:00pm.


Artworks in the gallery were arranged according to their place in the family and you will also perceive that paintings were set according to the age when they work on it. Once you enter in the proper art gallery, you will first see the works of the eldest child Glenn Blanco. I was so amazed when I found out that the eldest started to paint at his very early age. Usually, a kid on that age will be busy playing stuffs or always with their parents for being dependent. To think that he’s still young and unaware of the happenings on the society, he still managed to paint a kind of painting that the subject was of concerning of our society. One of his artworks is the "Anak ng Magkakaingin" when he was 21 years of age.

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The fifth child, John Blanco posted some of his paintings there, too. He also started at a very early age and despite of that fact, he administered to paint as if it was his professional stage already. At the age of 9, he did the painting “Tagabundok” and he make a revision when he got older. When he reached the age of 13, he already has a painting entitled “Panag-arawan” and many more.


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 Joy Blanco, the eldest daughter, also supervised a professional skill in painting and her artworks were very photographic and realistic just like what her father did. He also used Peter Paul as one of her favorite subject. She also has her own version of pahiyas.

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The youngest of all, Peter Paul, is their favorite subject and in most of the paintings, he was there standing, playing and even peeing. He was a very terrible kid. At an early age, he already administer to paint and still developing his painting skill. when he was in 2 years of age, he painted the "Christmas tree". We can usually see Peter Paul in the most of the family's artwork.


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The mother, Loreto “Loring” Blanco, painted also. Her favorite subject was the elderly and also her youngest child Peter Paul. One of her artworks is the “Sunflower” wherein the background is flowers and there is an old woman in front of it. She also do pottery when she is not painting. 

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 Jose “Pitok” Blanco, the patriarch of the Blanco family is one of the well-known artists of Angono. Despite of being influenced by Botong Francisco, Jose Blanco managed to disentangle himself from the tradition of Botong’s style in painting. Pitok supervised to use earthly colors to show a more realistic style and picture. If you’ll observe the paintings you will be able to notice that they usually used brown color that results to a more pragmatic effect. One of his artwork is his own version of "The Last Supper". He also painted the tragic that they've been through. He reminisced then he painted what he reminded of.

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In most of his artworks, Peter Paul is always there.
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 The family experienced such a kind of tragic when one morning their father went to a certain spot in the gallery and he realized that paintings on that place were already gone and it was said that a group of people stole those paintings in their art gallery. As of today, the family and the investigating team are still looking for the paintings and wishing for their recovery.

Jose Blanco, Angono folk muralist, dies; 76

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Jose "Pitok" Blanco dies of heart attack at the age of 76. The country glorified him for his greatness in art and for showing love for our country and traditions.

His remains lie at the Bahay Blanco Family Museum at 312 Ibañez St., Angono, Rizal. Interment was on Aug. 19 after a necrological Mass at 2 p.m. at the San Clemente Parish Church, whose colorful annual fiesta Blanco celebrated continuously on his huge canvases.

“Blanco inspired and continued the legacy of Angono art,” top artist Fil Delacruz said Thursday in homage :)
(Lito Zulueta of Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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