Lingayen – Internationally-acclaimed visual artist and Pangasinan’s asna awardee (visual arts) Romeo Castillo Mananquil comes back to his home province to stage his ‘Pangasinan ed Pusok’ art exhibit at the renovated Bengson-Yuson ancestral house, here, from April 5 to May 1.
The provincial government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. presents the said exhibit which features several oil paintings of Maestro Mananquil inspired by Pangasinan’s landscape and culture, including his Philippine currency design series as a component activity of the 436th Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day) celebration on April 5.
Mananquil’s works are known for his demonstration of filial bond, life, ways and landscapes, most of which are inspired by his sentimental journeys to Pangasinan every time he comes home.
His oil paintings displayed on the exhibit include: Pangasinan ed Pusok, Sa Ating Paglaya, Beach Family, Banduria Belle, Breakfast in Beach, Bolinao Falls, Kabwasan ed Baryo, Abandoned Hut, Sa Aking Pag-iisa, Panangogto, Hiway David 2008, Orasyon and Innocence; and Phil. Currency designs all approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – tamaraw, birth of the P5, birth of the P1000, 1st original 1 piso design, original 10 sentimo design and 1st generation reproduction of the original 5 sentimo obverse design.
A multi-faceted visual artist, Mananquil is the eldest of the five children of Alfonso Paras-Mananquil of Pampanga and Gloria Malicdem-Castillo of Binmaley.
Meanwhile, the Bengson-Yuson House to be inaugurated as the Pangasinan Heritage Center, shall serve as the exhibit venue. Said building situated near the Casa Real is the former convent of the Dominican Order as early as the 18th century.
In 2012, former congressman Antonio E. Bengzon II and his siblings, heirs of the late Antonio Bengson who served as Assemblyman of the 5th Philippine Legislature, donated the property to the provincial government as a gesture of support to Governor Espino’s advocacy to preserve Pangasinan’s historical and cultural resources.
The Bengson-Yuson edifice which has undergone restoration works with the technical assistance of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca