Art Capital of the Philippines

Poblacion Itaas  : Doña Aurora Street

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Barangay Poblacion Itaas is an ordinary barangay in the municipality of Angono. For most people, It may  sound unknown but one should brace themselves once they get to know and visit  this place because it  is where a very marvelous street named Dona Aurora is situated.    

When I had the great opportunity to visit the place, the startling concrete murals immediately caught my attention. It was the first time for me to chance upon a street that is fully and beautifully adorned and embellished with amazing mural paintings.  As I gracefully focused on the details of the extraordinary works of art, as I may say, the next big thing that came into my mind are the creative persons behind these unparalleled works of art.   I have learned that Charlie Anorico, Gerry Bantang and Ebong Pinpino are the creative artists depicting the different paintings of Botong Francisco. Not being able to resist how amazed I was, I did not let the chance pass for me to take pictures just for keeps and for remembrance of a different kind of experience. Taking one picture after the other became very inevitable. Lots of pictures, not just for me to keep but to boast about it, brag about it and most especially share with people who have not seen or heard of the place called Dona Aurora.


 
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The one artwork which I adored the most is the mural of one of the famous compositions of Botong Francisco, “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”.  It was designed like a music sheet inscribed with the notes and lyrics of the song. It was so funny that after that instant glance of the mural, I found myself initially humming the song, then I realized singing the song with the full lyrics. I know it’s an old song, but I wonder why it is a familiar one for me. I could have heard it over the radio playing old but Filipino great songs. That’s amazing! One unfortunate thing I noticed though, was, part of the lyrics made out of metal was distorted maybe due to some people who do not value a work of art. 

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Along the street, we saw a gallery called ‘The Second Gallery’. It displayed artworks which were “masterpieced” by the grandson of Botong Francisco -- Carlos "Totong" Francisco II – he was the one who named the gallery. The artworks are varied in style and form…you can find abstract, portraits, murals and what strikes the most is Botong’s medal obtained for being one of the national artists.

For you guys who would want to have an experience of a great work of art, come and visit Dona Aurora street!

Written by: Caela Castro


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Did you know that before it was made into a mural sculpture, these walls were previously painted by Angono artists with Botong paintings? Yes it was. Carlos Francisco, the well-known Filipino muralist, had painted and sealed for posterity Philippine cultural history from the primitive period up to now. From the festive to panoramas that form part of the cultural and religious life of the Filipinos, usually rural life. It forms part of the artistic and cultural legacies of the late National Artist for painting such as Charlie Anorico.


Charlie Anorico made a mural to show respect and honor to Mr. Lucio San Pedro, the compositor of the song “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”. He was known for his great nationalism and for composing songs that has very touching lyrics.

If you want to experience a literal street of art, just visit Dona Aurora Street.


Written by: Sarah Jane Calura