Photo by my friend Nina Fuentes
Jose “Pitok” V. Blanco, his wife Loreta, and all seven children are all accomplished painters versed in the “Folk Realism” style. What’s quite intriguing is that most of them have had no professional art training, especially the children. This celebrated art family is commemorated in the Blanco Family Museum located in Angono, Rizal, billed as the art capital of the Philippines. The museum houses a collection of paintings by the family members together with other memorabilia and is open 9-11 a.m and 1-5 p.m. everyday.
Just across the street from the museum is the Blanco Family Academy (official website). It is that big blue-roofed building shown in the satellite image thumbnail. The Academy is a private educational institution offering pre-school, elementary, and secondary education. While a normal school in most respects, the Blanco Family Academy places heavy emphasis in the fine and performing arts. (But of course!)
If you want to learn more and see more pictures (especially the paintings), see these other blog posts and web pages:
- Waypoint narrative from WaypointsDotPH
- Travel blog post with some socio-political side commentary by Connie Veneracion
- Short prose by Ivan Henares
- Flickr photos by Nina Fuentes