Freeway kick starts the 100th year Celebration of National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco through the beautiful pieces of the National Artist Collectors’ Series.
The launch celebration was held today, October 18, 2012, Thursday, at The Row, Glorietta 1. Attended by fashion and art enthusiasts, media friends and bloggers and the family and friends of Botong, it was a splendid night of art, fashion and a grand presentation of Filipino talent.
| Michael Blanco’s |
The event night opened with a very impressive art exhibition by Michael Blanco’s
. The exhibit showcased young talented artists
at work, ages 6 years old to 12 years old, all from Botong Francisco’s hometown
of Artists . The talented young artists wowed everyone
with their incredible abilities showcased through live painting and sketching
activity during the cocktails at 6pm. province of Angono Rizal
This was followed by the event proper hosted by premier actress Cherie Gil. A short video presentation was shown featuring the life and works of our National Artist. After this informative and inspiring video, the 25 piece elegant
immortalizing Botong Francisco’s paintings was showcased in a fashion
show. The original paintings that
inspired each piece served as a colorful backdrop on the LED screen
onstage. From canvass to fabric, it was
majestic to witness how Botong’s timeless paintings were translated into sublimation
graphic tees, work shirts, tailored dresses, casual tops, weekend wear, and
many other accessories.
To shed more light into the human side of our National Artist, host Cherie Gil interviewed special guests Ino Manalo (Executive Director of the National Archives) and Carlos “Totong” Francisco II (Grandson of Botong Francisco) who both shared interesting stories and trivia about Botong Francisco and his big influence in Philippines Art and Culture. Another guest who joined the art experts during the interview is former Governor of Tarlac, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco who’s a passionate lover of art and fashion. The audience was able to participate in the discussion by sending questions via Live Tweeting. It was indeed a meaningful artistic experience and a deeper insight into Philippine Arts and Culture in one delightful evening.
Invited guests enjoyed delectable cocktail servings and took home Freeway x Botong Francisco memorabilia – a special edition Tote Bag from the
After Freeway officially launches the 100th year Anniversary of Botong Francisco this October, there will be series of events and celebrations throughout the year staged by each of the institution of the Botong consortium.The Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco Centennial Consortium is composed of
Angono Artists Association *
Ayala Museum * Blanco Family Museum *
Botong Francisco Family * Cultural Center of the Philippines * Far Eastern University *
Freeway: National Artist Collectors Series * Lopez Museum * Municipality of Angono * Museo ng BSP * Museum
Foundation of the Philippines * Philippine
Art Awards * SM Malls * University of Santo Tomas * UP Vargas Museum * .
To know more about the collection and Botong’s 100th Anniversary celebrations (see Calendar of Activities below), visit Freeway’s new website www.FREEWAYONLINE.com.ph and get freshest updates at Freeway’s Facebook page (facebook.com/FreewayOnline) and Twitter (twitter.com/FreewayOnline). For inquiries and program updates on the Centennial, email at Botong100@gmail.com or check out Facebook: Carlos "Botong' Francisco Centennial.
18 September UST Museum Centennial exhibit of Botong and Puruganan
18 October Freeway: National Artist Collectors Series x Botong Francisco
25 October Inauguration of studio marker and other events in Angono at
the Franciso Heritage Home
10 November “Sabado sa Museo at si Botong Francisco with Dr.
Patrick D. Flores and Carlos (Totong) G. Francisco” at the National Art
4 November Holy Mass at Botong’s grave at
4 November Botong Francisco centennial event in Angono
16 November Painting Exhibit by Botong’s Apprentice – Salvador Juban,
3rd week November UST
and Design student exhibit College of Fine Arts
19 November Botong conference in FEU
November /TBA CCP Exhibit of Dick Baldovino’s photographs of Botong Francisco
November onwards/TBA Tours within FEU
22 November Angono Higantes Festival, Angono, Rizal
23 November Angono town fiesta, Angono, Rizal
4 December Ayala museum Images of Nation exhibit
February 2013/TBA Target date of launching of the consortium’s monograph
February 2013/TBA Botong tribute exhibit of Angono Artists Association, SM Megamall/Podium
February to March 2013
On the Spot Painting Competition and UST Museum Annual Inter-School