FAMOUS RIZALEƑOS YESTERDAY

PEOPLE OF TALENTS!

The people of the province are rich in cultural, traditional and creative behaviors. It takes pride of having produced three national artists in the persons of Carlos “Botong” Francisco, recipient of the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1976; Vicente “Ka Enteng” S. Manansala, UP alumnus and foreign-trained artist, a recipient of Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1963 (Both National Artist for the Arts; and Maestro Lucio D. San Pedro, a prolific composer and multi-talented musician (National Artist for Music).

CARLOS "BOTONG" V. FRANCISCO

“Botong” as he fondly called, was declared National Artist in 1973 and received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1976.
His works include the mural “Fiesta” (1947) which he did for the Manila Hotel, “Pounding Rice” (1949), “The Threshers” (1950), “Muslim Betrothal” (1958), and the mural depicting the Filipino struggles through history at the Bulwagang Katipunan of the Manila City Hall (1964).

MAESTRO LUCIO D. SAN PEDRO

Prolific composer and multi-talented musician who was best known to most Filipinos as the composer of the beloved song “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”, Maestro Lucio D. San Pedro was declared National Artist in 1991. Maestro San Pedro, the man who since 1933 once nurtured the musical talents of the community youth, continues to guide the musical growth of Angono National Symphonic Band.
Among his most famous masterpieces were “Lahing Kayumanggi” (1961), “Sa Lupang Sarili” (1940), “Sa Mahal Kong Bayan” (1950), among others. He also wrote soundtracks for films like “Limbas”, “Darna”, “Sakada” and “Alabok sa Ginto”. He also written the theme songs for the National Eucharistic Year “One Bread, One Nation”.

VICENTE S. MANANSALA

Vicente S. Manansala (1910-1981) Born in Macabebe, Pampanga on 22 January. He studied at the U.P. School of Fine Arts (1926-1930). Manansala was given a six-month UNESCO grant to Ecole de Beaux Arts in Banff and Montreal, Canada in 1949 and a nine-month French government scholarship to the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris in 1950.
MANANSALA was part of the avant-garde circle of artists who met at the Philippine Art Gallery in the Fifties. Later, the writer and painter E.A. Cruz would give the group its Neo-Realist tag. For Manansala however, the group meant peer support for a growing perception that painting was more than just doing what one sees. Painting was now above all, allowing one's feelings to shape what was seen. A sunset could be green. A figure exploded out of shape by the intensity of its emotion. What was required was that it must show its own coherence. That is must work.
Manansala was known in CUBISM style, which reduced reality into planes, sometimes simplifying forms, at other times fragmenting them into a myriad of resonant shapes, became the new idiom through which Manasala saw the world. Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, one of Picasso's earlier exponents, aptly noted that Cubism was essentially the resolution of the conflict between representation and structure.
MORE than four decades separated Manansala, however, from the formative years of Cubism. Paris of the Fifties was actually riding the Abstract Expressionist current. Surface presence, the integrity of the pictorial plane and that of the gesture were the cornerstones of the movement. These were the qualities taken into Manansala's Cubist inflected idiom.

MAN OF COURAGE!

TOMAS MATEO CLAUDIO

In 1916-17, the United States entered the First World War and joined the Allies against the Central Powers in Europe. The Philippine Assembly formed the Philippine National Guard and plans to send troops under the banner of the United States but the Philippine troops did not see action. Although, some Filipinos did fought in Europe, among them was Private Tomas Claudio.

Tomas Mateo Claudio (b. May 7,1892 - d. June 29,1918) a native of Morong, Rizal, was the first Filipino hero of World War I.
His early studies was spent in a public school in his hometown, at the age of 17 he migrated in Hawaii to work in a sugar plantation. He studied at a university in Reno, Nevada, 1917, for a study of commerce. During the WWI he joined the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe. When the Germans attacked France, he was one of the casualties. His remains lies in North Cemetery.

Remembering of his patriotism, the first public school in his hometown was name after him, the "Tomas Claudio Memorial Elementary School".
Source: Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia & marcingpinfiles.com