Art Capital of the Philippines

Nemiranda Art House

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One weekend, me and my blockmates visited a very notable Art House in Angono, Rizal  named Nemiranda Art House. In my first look of the place, I was truly astonished in seeing the environment-friendly and impressive  structure of the place displaying artifacts  from indigenous materials and translated into outstanding features.   Initially surprising us is the gate displaying an image of our Lord Jesus Christ.  What a moving and inspiring image to start the tour.  As we excitingly continue  the tour, the fences made out of artistic wires, folkloric arts and display look truly wonderful and all these were made through the use of recycled and scrap materials like bamboo, nipa, sawali, abacca, collection of old wood that can be found in Angono all made for its artistic function.
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fences made of artistic wires
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gate made with the image of Jesus Christ
As the journey continues, excitement and curiosity filled the place. I have learned numerous things. The Nemiranda ArtHouse also known as ‘The House of Myths and Legends’ was made by the famous artist named Nemesio B. Miranda or popularly known as Nemiranda. He is known for introducing “Imaginative Figurism” in art. His artworks were made through capturing scenes depicting Angono's mystic charm. We saw the impressive awards attained locally and internationally, proof of his countless unparalleled excellence and achievements.
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The artworks are truly outstanding. There are random subjects but Imaginative Figurism is vividly seen in almost every artwork that you see around.  There was this one section which displayed wood carvings of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ which was made in favour of the Pope. What a superb move!
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A reflection of the artist’s heart and soul was also clearly shown through the numerous paintings masterfully implying figurative realism. An amazing “Mother and Child – themed paintings and drawings out of oil and charcoal captivated our hearts as well. Viewing a wide collection made us  really feel so touched.
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Most of the people who visited the art house got stunned by the display of astounding sculptured myths and legends. Immortalized Philippine images can be seen such as “ (si) Malakas” at “ (si) Maganda”. Definitely a great reminder of the Filipino roots and culture.  We couldn’t help but reminisce the lessons in Filipino back in elementary which vividly illustrates the additional sculptured images of Bernardo Carpio, Amihan, known as the “Dyosa ng Hangin”, Habagat also known as the Bathala ng Hangin and that astounding and marvellously carved Mermaid of Angono. All these were unbelievably made from organic, original woods from an old church in Angono.  All from the remains of an old church and that’s truly amazing.

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As our tour was about to end I was shocked yet overwhelmed to meet the artist himself --  Nemi R. Miranda Jr., popularly known as “Nemiranda”.  We got a fortunate chance to have a dialogue with him and know him more as an artist. We learned of his being an internationally recognized painter and sculptor compounded by his life’s trials and successes. What a delight as he ended with  very touching stories about family, love and environment.
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So there you go... You too should spare your most precious time visiting a very capturing place depicting a different kind of mystique and charm that will forever tickle your incessant imagination. If you want to see amazing artworks that will undeniably uplift your spirit and bring you back to the legends and a whole lot of fun, why not visit the place yourself?  The address to go is No. 10 Doña Elena St., Doña Justa Village I, Angono. 

Written by: Caela Castro