In celebration of the 119th year of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain, the Ayala Museum, in partnership with the Assisi Development Foundation, launched the first-ever public exhibition of 70 original drawings on Philippine history by National Artist Vicente Manansala and Amadeo Manalad last June 12, 2017.
The works were first commissioned in 1947 by Don Ramon Roces for his daily publication, The Evening News, to help uplift and reinvigorate the spirit of a war-torn nation. Aimed for general readership, the drawings, together with short, simple descriptions, helped narrate our nationâ€™s history from the prehistoric times until the first declaration of Philippine independence. These were later compiled and published in Philippine Saga: A Pictorial History of the Archipelago Since Time Began (1947), authored by anthropologist Henry Otley Beyer and statesman and historical researcher Jaime C. de Veyra.
The exhibition is entitled â€śManansala & Manalad: Framing Historyâ€ť and juxtaposes the drawings with objects and images from the Ayala Museum collection, specifically photographs of the museumâ€™s Philippine history dioramas which serve the same purpose of visually telling the story of our nationâ€™s past. To relate with the present, the exhibition also features select works by contemporary Filipino artists Roberto Feleo, Leo Abaya, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Kiri Dalena, and Nikki Luna to converse with the Manansala and Manalad pictoriaI history.
The exhibition is curated by Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Manuel Quezon III, and Mia Fernando-Cameron, and is produced and directed by Pinky Camara-Roxas. It will be on view at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Gallery until August 27, 2017.
Scheduled exhibition-related education programs include: curators talk with Manuel Quezon III and Imelda Cajipe Endaya on June 28, 3 pm; free guided tour of the exhibition on June 30, every hour from 2pm to 5pm; Philippine History: A Time Travel Experience special audio guide from July â€“ August; Cartoons in History: Demo-Workshop for Teens with Boboy Yonzon on July (date to be announced); Big and Small: History Mask Making Workshop for Families with Bru and Marcus Nada on July 29, 9 â€“ 11 am; and Framing History Film Festival on August 5 and 12, 2 â€“ 5 pm (list of films to be announced).
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