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National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos &ldquo\;Botong&rdquo\ ; Francisco is considered one of the Philippines&rsquo\; most distinguished muralists. He created enormous canvasses that chronicled the mythical worl d of the Filipino and its history\, often seeking inspiration from traditio n\, folklore\, myths\, legends\, and customs. While much has been said and written about Botong Francisco as a great artist\, what was he like as a fa ther to his three children or as a friend by his contemporaries? Keepsakes such as personal letters can provide more insight into Botong Francisco as a person.
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As part of the ongoing celebration of life\ , work\, and influence of Botong Francisco on the 100th anniversary of his birth\, the Yuchengco Museum presents a new exhibition that paints a more i ntimate portrait of the renowned muralist. Up Close and Personal: Boton g Francisco through Lenses and Letters brings together original corres pondence from the Francisco family collection and photographs of the Nation al Artist by lensman Dick Baldovino. The exhibit can be seen from January 2 5 to April 30\, 2013.
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Born in Angono\, Rizal in 1912\ , Carlos &ldquo\;Botong&rdquo\; Francisco studied at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of portraitist and genre painter Fabian de la Rosa. In his early adult life\, he worked as a layout artist and illustrator\, and then as a collaborator with modern painters G alo Ocampo and Victorio Edades on commissioned murals. In 1938\, he pioneer ed as an instructor at the newly established University of Sto. Tomas Schoo l of Architecture and Fine Arts. In the 1940s\, he frequently worked with f ilmmaker Manuel Conde as a screenwriter\, costume designer\, and set design er. Francisco passed away in 1969 at the age of 57\, and was posthumously d eclared National Artist for Visual Arts in 1973.
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On e xhibit are select black and white portraits of Botong Francisco\, as well a s photographs of the artist working in his studio or enjoying the company o f his friends and family. The snapshots were taken by friend and photojourn alist Dick Baldovino\, who was a key figure in the development of Philippin e photography to a profession and graphic art. Baldovino is also known for his portraits of the country&rsquo\;s first National Artists\, and his imag es for numerous books on Philippine art.

Also on view are ori ginal letters by Botong Francisco written between 1966\, while he was worki ng on his series of commissioned murals entitled Filipino Struggles thr ough History for Manila City Hall\, and 1969\, the year of his death. Most of the letters are addressed to his eldest child\, Carmen\, who was th en studying and working in the United States. The exhibit includes correspo ndence to an American priest and friend\, Father Yeo.
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DTEND:20130930 DTSTAMP:20140419T092609 DTSTART:20130125 GEO:14.554729;121.0244452 LOCATION:Yuchengco Museum\,Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues \nMak ati City \, 1200 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Up Close and Personal: Botong Francisco through Lenses and Letters \, Carlos “Botong” Francisco UID:257291 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR