Stamp Releases ARCHIVE
Vicente Manansala Stamps LaunchedJune 2, 2010
[caption id="attachment_936" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Postmaster General and CEO Hector R.R. Villanueva presents the souvenir frame containing stamps, souvenir sheets and first day covers of Vicente Manansala paintings on stamps to Ms. Rona Manansala, heir of the late National Artist during the launching ceremony held last May 20, 2010 at the Metropolitan Museum, Roxas Boulevard, Manila."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_937" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Postmaster General and CEO HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA (second from left) presents the souvenir frame containing stamps, souvenir sheets and first day covers of Vicente Manansala paintings on stamps to Ms. Rona Manansala (second from right) who is the granddaughter of Vicente Manansala, herself a noted painter. Looking on are (from left) Mr. Eric B. Zerrudo, Director of Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Mrs. Armita Rufino, President of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc."][/caption] The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) formally launched the Vicente Manansala Stamps in a ceremony honoring some of the paintings of the late National Artist last May 20 at the Metropolitan Museum along Roxas Boulevard. Among the distinguished guests in the said ceremony includes Rona Manansala, a noted painter and grand daughter of Vicente Manansala, Eric Zerrudo, Director of Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Armita Rufino, President of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. Postmaster General and CEO Hector Villanueva presented the souvenir frame containing stamps, souvenir sheets and first day covers of Vicente Manansala paintings on stamps to Rona Manansala. Philpost issued selected Vicente Manansala Painting on Stamps last May 20, 2010 as part of its Second Quarter Topical Issue for CY 2010, which also coincides with the celebration of the National Heritage Month. Through the assistance of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc., some of the Vicente Manansala paintings were provided for by GSIS Museum and Ayala Museum which gave the permission to carry on the cultural heritage of noted artist like the former through stamps. Manansala was born in Macabebe, Pampanga. From 1926 to 1930, he studied at the U.P. School of Fine Arts. In 1949, Manansala received a six-month grant by UNESCO to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Banff and Montreal, Canada. In 1950, he received a nine-month scholarship to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris by the French government. Manansala's canvases were described as masterpieces that brought the cultures of the barrio and the city together. His Madonna of the Slums is a portrayal of a mother and child from the countryside who became urban shanty residents once in the city. In his Jeepneys, Manansala combined the elements of provincial folk culture with the congestion issues of the city. Manansala developed transparent cubism, wherein the "delicate tones, shapes, and patterns of figure and environment are masterfully superimposed". A fine example of Manansala using this "transparent and translucent" technique is his composition, Kalabaw (Carabao). Vicente Manansala, a National Artist of the Philippines in Visual Arts, was a direct influence to his fellow Filipino neo-realists: Malang, Angelito Antonio, Norma Belleza and Baldemor. The Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Lopez Memorial Museum (Manila), the Philippine Center (New York City) and the Singapore Art Museum are among the public collections holding work by Vicente Manansala.