MANILA, Philippines – Angono, Rizal is known as a cradle of art, and those looking for proof should look no further than the San Clemente Cemetery, where two of the country’s most prominent National Artists are buried.
Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro are two of the most beloved sons of the town. Francisco is a visual artist responsible for grand murals such as “Blood Compact,” “The Martyrdom of Rizal” and “Muslim Betrothal,” while San Pedro is a composer best known for his lullaby “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan.”
“Lahat ng mga taga-Angono, proud na proud sa kanila. Kasi minahal din talaga nila ang bayan na ito,” said Solly Francisco-Inocando, granddaughter of Francisco.
Having two National Artists is quite a feat for Angono, one of the smaller towns in Rizal.
“Maliit lang ang Angono, pero biniyayaan kami ng dalawang higante. Inspirasyon sila sa mga bagong artist sa baying ito,” said Khristy San Pedro, daughter of San Pedro.
All Souls’ Day in Angono is more akin to a fiesta, with families gathering for a picnic in the cemeteries.
The town seems more liberal in allowing vendors to go around the graveyard, selling everything from food to balloons and children’s toys.
Meanwhile, Angono will be celebrating the centennial birthdays of Francisco and San Pedro this month and in February 2013, respectively.