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RL Picks: Interesting Places in Angono, Rizal

Take a day trip to this artists' haven to find proudly Filipino art, furniture, and decor

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Angono artists have a strong consciousness of being rooted in their tradition, yet their works are diverse in both style and content, ranging from realism to expressionism to abstraction, from the traditional to the post-modern.

So, if one is in search of artworks to buy, Angono is indeed one of the places to visit. These artists, especially the lesser-known ones, have long been dreaming of having a community gallery and museum where they can showcase their works to the public but until now this remains to be a distant dream. Until that day when the local government or some generous art patron can undertake such a project, here are some of the places in Angono where one may buy or simply view the myriad selection of artwork.

 Read the original article ("Let's Go, Angono!") in the September 2008  issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

Blanco Family Museum

Address: 312 Iba–ez St., Brgy. San Vicente

Telephone: (02) 651-0048

This family museum showcases Jose "Pitok" Blanco's paintings, as well as those of his wife and children. The style of this family of painters' works is realism, bordering on the photographic. 

Most depict not only Angono and its traditions, but also Filipinos in various Philippine religious and cultural traditions and festivals all over the country. These belong to their private collection and are available only for viewing. 

There are, however, some works by the patriarch and his children (and grandchildren!) outside the museum proper that are for sale. Aside from the works of the Blanco family, some works of some members of the Angono Artists' Association, as well as postcards and books on the Blanco family's works are also for sale.

Balaw-Balaw Folk Food & Folk Art Specialty Restaurant

Address: Do–a Justa St., Do–a Justa Village Phase I, Brgy. San Roque

Telephone: (02) 651-0110

This restaurant-cum-gallery/museum was put up by the late Angono artist Perdigon Vocalan. His works, focusing on the mythic otherworld inhabited by engkantos, are showcased in the museum section of the restaurant, the Ang Nuno Artists Gallery. The works of other Angono artists can also be found here, some of which are for sale. The restaurant is now run by Perdigon's widow Luzvimin. 

In this place, not only can you dine on uok (beetle larvae) and buy bottled food items like balaw-balaw (a sauce made of fermented shrimps and other ingredients), adobong itik, burong dalag, and burong hito, but you can also buy souvenir items like miniature papier mache Higantes and keychains, papier mache masks, and itik.

Yab Design, Inc./AAA Antique Reproductions & Decorations, Inc.

Address: Between Iglesia ni Cristo and the Meralco Office at Quezon Avenue, Brgy. San Isidro

Telephone: 6511068 • 6511015 • 6511095 • 6512501

URL: www.yabdesigninc.com

Sculptures, statues, decor, and furniture made of polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass are the specialty of Yab Design, Inc. 

Headed by Jakob Van Der Hulst, a Dutchman residing in the Philippines, the company has been in existence since 1990. Its pool of artistic talents is made up of mostly local residents of Angono. 

They take special pride in the making of life-size and larger-than-life figurines of all kinds with quality detail, finishing, and designs.

Name it (animal figures, human figures, Christmas items, home decor, garden decor, furniture, etc.), and they'd probably have it.

Tiamson Art Gallery

Address: 203 Do–a Nieves St., Brgy. Sto. Nino

Telephone: (02) 651-0066, 710-7032

Mobile 0917-732-5309

 

Orville Tiamson is a musician and trans-media artist. He also comes from a family of artists: His father Dominador was a painter, too. 

So is his brother Tristan. His sister Liezel is a talented musician-composer. 

Orville's works range from the figurative to the non-figurative, in varying styles and mediums, including drawings on paper, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, mixed media collages, and constructions and installations.

The Second Gallery

Address: 217 Do–a Aurora St., Brgy. Poblacion Itaas

Mobile: 0917-953-1104.

 

Owned and managed by the grandson of Botong, Carlos "Totong" Francisco II, The Second Gallery is a small gallery that occasionally holds exhibits showcasing up-and-coming artists in Angono. 

Veering away from the style of his grandfather, Totong's own works (see them at www.thesecondgallery.blogspot.com), are mostly non-figurative abstractions. His paintings, as well as the paintings of other Angono artists, are for sale here. Incidentally, the gallery is just beside the old house of Botong Francisco, some of whose sketches are also for sale here.

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