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Napoleon Abueva

Napoleon Isabelo Veloso-Abueva (born January 26, 1930), more popularly known as Napoleon Abueva, is a Filipino artist. He is a sculptor given the distinction as the Philippines National Artist for Sculpture. He is also entitled as the "Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture". He is the first and only Boholano given the distinction as National Artist of the Philippines in the field of Visual Arts.

Napoleon Abueva, nicknamed Billy, was born on January 26, 1930 in Tagbilaran, Bohol to Teodoro Abueva, a Bohol congressman and Purification Veloso, president of the Women’s Auxiliary Service. His father was a friend and contemporary of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas and Ambassador Narciso Ramos. He was a member of the Provincial Board, and later became the Provincial Governor of Bohol. He ended his career as a Congressman in 1934. Both of Abueva's parents died serving their country.

Abueva has six other brothers and sisters: Teodoro, Jr., now based in New York, USA; Purificacion, married to Atty. Ramon Binamira of Tagbilaran City; Jose Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines; Amelia Martinez, now living in Chicago; Teresita Floro, now living in Sydney, Australia; and Antonio, a landscape artist who met a tragic fate aboard Princess of the Orient; his body has not been found.

Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal or Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, the pride of Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861. He was the 7th child of Francisco Mercado Rizal and Teodora Alonzo y Quintos. Mercado family belongs to the middle class of the society who lived in Calamba, Laguna. He studied at Ateneo Municipal de Manila then he went to Madrid, Spain to take up Doctor of Medicine.


The Spoliarium is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal. In 1886, was sold to the Diputacion Provincial de Barcelona for 20000 pesetas. It currently hangs in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines.

Ryan Cayabyab

Warmly known as Mr. C, born Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab on May 4, 1954 in Manila, Philippines. Ryan’s mother was an opera singer; she died when he was only 6, while his father fight to sustain him and his three siblings. His mother's wish was that no one of her children would make music as a line of work; knowing how tough life is for a musician with insufficient income.

Juan Luna

Born on October 23, 1857 in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Juan Luna y Novicio was the third child of seven children. He is a famous Filipino painter who is a successor of the Cala Family of the Philippines. Luna attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila in 1874. He proved artistic promise early on and was expectant to take up painting and take a trip to Rome to learn the masters. He established in Paris and wedded Maria de la Paz, a well-known Filipina from the Mestizaje family of Pardo de Tavera. In a fury over his doubt of unfaithfulness on the part of his wife, he heartlessly shot her and her mother to death in September 1892. Tried by a French court and afterwards convicted in 1893, he was punished to give the victims' abrupt relatives but one franc each for their loss, as the court had deemed the murders an offense of passion. In 1894, Luna goes back to the Philippines after an absence of almost 20 years.

Fernando Amorsolo

Fernando Amorsolo is known as one of the most significant artists in the account of painting in the Philippines. He was born on May 20, 1892 in Paco, Manila; he received a degree at the Lieco de Manila Art School in 1909. A serious estimation of Amorsolo's paintings can obtain one of two positions.

Levi Celerio

Levi Celerio is a Filipino composer and lyricist, born on April 30, 1910 in Tondo, Manila, Philippines. He received a free education to the Academy of Music in Manila and became the youngest affiliate of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He was a creative songwriter, with more than 4,000 songs to his acclaim including Filipino folk, Christmas, and love songs that are popular pieces, which many consider to be immortal.

Angel C. Alcala

Dr. Angel Alcala has conducted extensive research on Philippine amphibians and reptiles since the mid-1950s. Born in March 1, 1929, Alcala made marine science publications consist of about 80 papers on coral reef fish, marine reserves, long-term effects of safeguard on marine biodiversity such as corals and top predatory fish. Majority of these documents have been published in refereed, global journals and books.

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