MANILA, Sept. 6, 2012?Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle received ten paintings of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, in behalf of the Philippine Catholic Church, from Angono artists.
Tagle expressed his appreciation for the Angono artists’ willingness to artistically interpret and bring Calungsod’s likeness to a wider audience, as part of the celebration of his canonization.
On Sept. 4, Angono Mayor Gerardo Caldero headed the small group of artists, and representatives from the University of Rizal System who came to present the first batch of paintings to Tagle at the Arzobispado in Intramuros.
The initial batch of paintings consists of different depictions of Calungsod – one shows him prostrate in death with an angel hovering over him; another shows a Chamorro (most probably, Mata’pang) dragging the body of Fr. San Vitores with Calungsod lying next to him; another painting shows the two martyrs talking to angry Chamorros in the final moments before death.
Tagle, who co-chairs the National Commission for the Calungsod’s canonization, together with Abp. Jose Palma, said if time permits, the National Commission would want to look at all the paintings and see which ones best exemplify the different aspects of Calungsod ? catechist, OFW, youth, etc.
The Angono artists’ enthusiasm to be part of the project was apparent with the first batch of paintings finished ahead of the set deadline.
Angono Media Relations Officer and Artists Affairs in-charge Richard R. Gappi’s personal enthusiasm was also seen when he presented a poem he wrote in honor of the young martyr, titled “Awit ng Pauri kay San Pedro Calungsod” to Tagle.
Gappi said, if permitted, the poem will also be rendered into song by one of the local bands of Angono.
The last batch of some forty more paintings will be submitted by September 7.
Present during the short meeting were Clarke Nebrao, head for promotions and merchandise for Calungsod’s canonization; Angono Tourism Officer Patnubay Tiamson; artists Edwin Moreno and Bong Anore; University of Rizal System Dean Prof. Shielanie Dacumos, Prof. Maureen Pinon-Bulatao, and Prof. Wahinee Cruzada. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]