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November 15, 2012

NCCA Launched Commemorative Stamp of Carlos "Botong" Francisco

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its Chairman, Prof. Felipe Mendoza de Leon, Jr., launched the commemorative stamp in honor of Mr. Carlos “Botong” Francisco, National Artist for Painting  In celebration of his  100th Birth Centennial   last November 4, 2012, through Proclamation No. 284, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring the period from November 4, 2012 to November 3, 2013 as the Centennial Year of National Artist for Painting, Mr. Carlos “Botong” Francisco.  Likewise, the House of Representatives has issued House Joint Resolution No. 26, introduced by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Congressman Neptali M. Gonzalez II, Congressman Edcel C. Lagman, Congressman Salvador H. Escudero III, and Congresswoman Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos.

            The commemorative stamp in his honor was launched last November 9, 2012 at the NCCA Leandro Locsin Auditorium, with NCCA Chair Felipe M. De Leon, Jr., Exec. Director Emelita V. Almosara, Philpost executives, National Artist’s Francisco’s relatives, Mayor Gerry V. Calderon of Angono, Rizal, his supporters and friends  from Angono, Rizal.

            The Program also launched the 40 painting traveling exhibit in honor of the artist and Maestro Lucio San Pedro, National Artist for Music, who will be celebrating his centennial birthday on February 11, 2013.

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