all in the family, all in the community

jose blanco's portraiture of his family members praying

Picture this: a maestro for a father tutoring his seven kids on sunday afternoons on the skill of drawing using simple plywood as canvass and oil pastel as medium. Imagine this: the mother who had initially attended to  aficionados as probable buyers for her husband and children’s artwork started to create her own art at a mature age.

At first, I thought the Blanco family‘s reputation may have been caused by the peculiarity of having the whole brood making artistic expression altogether as Filipinos may find the whole idea fascinating and endearing.  But upon touring the Blanco museum, and passing through circuitous passageways full of murals and detailed portrayals of life whether in pastoral Angono or in Communist China where the whole family had been invited in the 80s, then I get to realize that their art is truly legitimate not just brought about by a heartwarming oddity.

It  just so happened that Jose Blanco was able to instill to his whole family his passion, discipline and academic knowledge of fine arts. And it was no surpise that his son Michael, recalled how his father had also been given pointers  by Angono’s own –  National Artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/land-of-the-other-giants/). In due time Jose Blanco’s tutelage of his family  was expanded in putting up an art academy for the people in the municipality to discover artistic talent.

Now the  Blanco kids are manning the school and passing the art baton on. Truly, in this community, it takes giants to create even more giants.

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2 Responses to “all in the family, all in the community”

  1. Michael Blanco Says:

    Thanks mike!! more power to you! As of now tuloy pa rin ang workshop ng Usbong Sining, A group of young artists ages five to highschool which my friend-teachers from the academy and i organized since 2006. Please keep in touch!!

  2. hey tukayo. thanks for coming by the blogsite. congratulations to you and your family for all your endeavors. by the way, the magazine, 7107 Islands will come up with an article on angono. and of course, it tackles your family as well.

    i will keep in touch!

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