Works of National Artists Bencab, Mañosa on exhibit


Posted at May 03 2011 06:39 PM | Updated as of May 04 2011 02:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino art enthusiasts are in for a rare treat this month as the works of two National Artists are available for viewing at two different venues in Metro Manila.

A retrospective exhibit of the prints of Benedicto Cabrera, a.k.a. Bencab, National Artist for Visual Arts, will be held at the NCCA Gallery (633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila) starting May 12.


Triptych, a print by Bencab. Credit: NCCA Gallery


The exhibit, dubbed "Bencab Graphics: A Print Retrospective", will feature etching prints showing the most iconic images in print making in the country, as well as recent prints produced using a combination of processes that challenge the definitions of the medium.

"This body of work, to date, has found the artist profoundly fulfilled," said the NCCA in a statement.

Curated by visual artist and art educator Jonathan Olazo, the Bencab exhibit will run until June 12, 2011.

The NCCA Gallery is open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call (632) 527-21-92 loc. 512, email [email protected], or visit the website

Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa, meanwhile, graced the opening of his exhibit last April 26 at Museo Walo (23/F Tower 2 Insular Life Corporate Centre, Insular Life Drive, Filinvest Corporate City in Alabang, Muntinlupa City).

National Artist for Architecture Francisco Manosa. Credit: Museo Walo Facebook page


The internationally acclaimed Mañosa, National Artist for Architecture, is known for his passion for design, preference for indigenous materials, and unmatched architecture.

On view at Museo Walo are some of his works, among them, the Shahani Residence, Pearl Farm Resort Family Villa and Samal Suites, Amanpulo Resort Casita and Clubhouse, Mañosa Residence, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, The Medical City, and the Ateneo Professional School.

“I can design for both the rich and the poor because my vision is clear--it must be Filipino,” Mañosa once said.

The Mañosa exhibit is part of Museo Walo's permanent exhibit. For details, call (632) 772-4262 or (63 2) 772-1697, or email [email protected].