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30/08/2012: LAUNCH OF THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL YEAR OF FILIPINO ARITIST MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

LAUNCH OF THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL YEAR OF FILIPINO ARITIST MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

Guests were awed and inspired by the life and work of Manuel Antonio Rodriguez Sr., father of Philippine contemporary printmaking, during the launch of his coffee table book celebrating his centennial year at the Philippine Center yesterday, 23 August 2012. He is one hundred years and eight months old.

Mang Maning, as he is fondly called, is a pioneering artist who revived printmaking as a major art form which led to the graphics arts movement in the Philippines. The coffee table book, biographical for the most part, is a celebration of Mang Maning who continues to live through art, still discovering the secrets of the universe. He was not only an artist but also a teacher and maestro beloved and admired  by his students.

“We are proud and honored to have Mang Maning as one of our nation’s valuable treasure. His works of art embodies the exceptional talent and creativity of the Filipino people.” Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. said in his welcoming remarks. He also noted that Mang Maning, after his extensive campaign for printmaking in all its forms, developed a whole generation of printmakers – artists of all genres and coming from all sectors of Philippine society.

Ms. Polly Cortez, a close friend of the family and one of the organizers of the event stated that the book was the labor of love of the family and that it took 20 years to realize it. Mang Maning’s daughters, Linda Gorsope gave a backgrounder on the genesis of the book until the full realization to its publication and Gigi Dadivas read excerpts of the book that gave us a glimpse of the life of the artist, his struggles, his hopes and his achievements. Mang Maning showed his humorous side when he entertained the guests on the background of one of his most famous prints “Sabong”. Samples of Mang Maning’s art were displayed at the Social Hall during the event.

Ending the program, Consul General Paynor awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Mang Maning to honor and pay tribute to the artist who showcased the talent, skill and artistry of the Filipino as an artist and for his generosity in sharing his art to the San Francisco and Bay Area community.