Freeway's Holiday 2012 Collection of National Artist Collectors' series pays tribute to Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco, a greatly renowned muralist in the Philippines. Botong was the second Filipino to receive the title of National Artist in Painting, after Fernando C. Amorsolo, and also one of the first Filipino modernists who revolutionized art and romanticism of Philippine scenes. This collaboration collection also marks the 100th Grand Anniversary of Botong's life who was born in 1912.
The Freeway x Botong launch night happened last October 18 at The Row, Glorietta. Michael Blanco's Academy of Artists had an art exhibition there, with young talented artists at work (from 6 to 12 years old) who are all from Botong's hometown province of Angono, Rizal. Scrumptious cocktails were served during the event, too.
Ms. Cherie Gil hosted the event. After a short video presentation of Botong's life and works, a fashion show took place showcasing the 25 gorgeous pieces - from graphic tees, work shirts, tailored dresses, casual tops, weekend wear, etc. - inspired by the National Artist's original paintings.
Amazing how they transformed Botong's paintings in to a wearable art! Don't you just love this collection?
Cherie Gil interviewed special guests Ino Manalo (Executive Director of the National Archives) and Carlos "Totong" Francisco II (Grandson of Botong Francisco) and both of them shared interesting stories about the National Artist. They also mentioned about how Botong intensely influenced the art and culture of the Philippines.
A passionate lover of art and fashion, former governor of Tarlac, Margarita "Tingting" Cojuangco, was also present during the interview. I love her for being so classy and beautiful! :)
Here are the kids of Michael Blanco's Academy of Artists! I got so stunned with their sketches and paintings! Amazing talents!! ♥
Before concluding the event, they cited the series of events and celebrations that will happen throughout the year for Botong's 100th anniversary. You can view the schedule here.
At the cocktail area with Rovie, Kat and Kelly. Photo grabbed from Ava
Thank you so much to Ms. Dian and the Freeway team for having us again! :)