National Museum opens Botong's greatest work to the public


Posted at Feb 19 2018 05:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2018 03:03 AM

MANILA – “Filipino Struggles Through History” has been dubbed the “greatest extant work of art” by the late National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco.

And starting this month, the public can get a glimpse of this restored masterpiece.

Last February 15, the National Museum announced that it has soft opened the exhibition of “Filipino Struggles Through History” in celebration of National Arts Month. 


The mural was commissioned in 1968 for Manila City Hall by then mayor Antonio Villegas, and was finished months before Francisco’s death in 1969. 

It was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1996 and was removed from Manila City Hall in 2013 for restoration. 

“Filipino Struggles Through History” will remain on display at the National Museum of Fine Arts, with museum-quality reproductions to be provided in the mural’s original location at Manila City Hall.