WTFU (WHAT THE FU) BY MR. FU: Angono’s art and soul

Published December 2, 2020, 7:33 AM

by Mr. Fu

Sol Francisco-Inocando and Mr. Fu

I love art. (kunwari may kultura ako!) I started collecting paintings eight years ago and this is my second year of producing my own pieces, The Art of FU. (arte-arte ko!) Last Sunday, My friend Bryan Talatala and I thought of visiting The Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono Rizal for some art appreciation. (para sa sining at kultura ito!)

Mrs. Sol Francisco – Inocando, granddaughter of National Artist for Visual Arts Botong Francisco, was so gracious to welcome us in their hometown. (yung ura-urada naming siyang ginambala ha!) She first brought us to Angkla Art Gallery of Joy Vocalan Cruz where we viewed several pieces from Angono artists and Former Apprentices of Botong. (Sana may mangahas na kunin akong apprentice!) One of the celebrities who have visited the place was Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. They even requested me to leave a message beside Catriona’s note on the gallery’s celebrity wall. (ini-level ko talaga name ko sa name niya! Si Miss Universe at ang tagabulabog ng buong universe!)

Artwork by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

We also visited Art Sector Gallery and Café of Visual Artist Antonio Leano which featured works from young artists. The building is situated in an interesting location. Tony built it on a rocky terrain. There are even gigantic rocks around the structure. (parang naging sculpture yung mismong building nya!)

But the highlight of our visit, was when Sol opened the doors of their ancestral house for us, the house where Botong lived and made his world-class murals. Some of Botong’s awards, photos and personal belongings were displayed in the house. We also got to see some of his sketches and unfinished works. (actually, nilabas ko mula sa nakasarang mga cabinet! Pakialamera lang ako!)

Sketches by Botong Francisco

She introduced us to her brother, Master Artist Totong Francisco who has his own art studio in the house. (siya lang ang sumunod sa yapak ng kanyang lolo!)

Catriona also visited this place to shoot for her special video as a candidate at the Miss Universe Pageant. After winning the crown, she went back and made an on the spot artwork. She gave it to the Francisco Family as a gift. (samantalang ako, ang naibigay ko lang sa kanila ay moral support!)

From left: Mr. Fu, Totong Francisco, and Bryan Talatala

It was a quick trip to Angono but we enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Sol, Totong and the whole Francisco Family. We plan to come back and explore more art and history. (makapagpatayo nga rin ng museum sa Angono! Bukas na bukas din!)

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