Today, July 15, is the 9th death anniversary of National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa-Goquingco. Born on July 24, 1917, she was known as the Mother of Philippine Theater Dance and Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics. A pioneer Filipino choreographer in balletic folkloric and Asian styles, Orosa-Goquinco was a founding member of the Philippine Ballet Theater. She was conferred the title of national artist in 1976 and died in 2005 at the age of 87.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
The late National Artist for Sculpture Guillermo Tolentino designed the seal of the Republic of the Philippines. His other famous works also included the University of the Philippines Oblation and the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City. Tolentino received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila in 1963 and the Presidential Medal of Merit in 1970. He was conferred the National Artist Award in 1973. Tolentino was born on July 24, 1890, and died on July 12, 1976.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, May 9, is the ninth death anniversary of National Artist for Visual Arts Ang Kiukok. Born on March 1, 1931, Ang was conferred the National Artist award in 2001. Among his famous works were the “Geometric Landscape,” the “Seated Figure” and the “Pieta,” which won the bronze medal in the first International Art Exhibition in Saigon in 1962. He died in 2005 at the age of 74.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, Feb. 21, is the 161st birth anniversary of the late painter Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. Born in Binondo in 1853, he won a scholarship to a school in Spain and an award in Madrid’s National Exposition of Fine Arts for his work “Christian Virgins Exposed to the Populace.” He died on March 13, 1913. A street in Quiapo, Manila, was named after him that same year.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
A group of prominent art collectors is auctioning off treasured pieces to raise money for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas. The fund-raising project dubbed “Art is Hope” is organized by volunteers from Finale Art File and YamangKatutubo.