Family of painters in La Union bond with art

Carmela Jimenez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2017 01:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2017 03:49 PM

Joel Rilloraza sketches an outline of a face on his sketchpad.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

Jio Jame Rilloraza (left) and his brother Jeril Vonn work on their paintings.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

(L-R) Olive Rilloraza and her children Jeril Vonn (blue shirt), Jio Jame, Jewel Reign, and Joel Zaccaree Jr. paint together at the Namacpacan Church.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

Jedd Ryle Rilloraza concentrates on his work.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

Joel Zaccaree Jr. puts paintbrush to canvas.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

The Rilloraza family paints together at the Namacpacan Church.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

Jedd Ryle Rilloraza puts the finishing touches on a painting.

Photo courtesy of DNG Samuel Nerona

LUNA – The Rilloraza family in this La Union town is living proof that the family that paints together, stays together.

Joel and Olive Rilloraza of Victoria, Luna, La Union dreamed of being architects. However, Olive now works as a teacher, while her husband Joel is a government employee who does freelance work as a photographer.

While they did not fulfill their dream of designing structures, they were content with having five kids who inherited their artistic skills.

The Rilloraza family usually uses charcoal, oil, soft pastel, and acrylic on canvas. Joel and Olive said, while their kids Joel Zaccaree Jr., Jewel Reign, Jeril Vonn, Jio Jame, and Jed Ryle frequently compete in their school’s art competitions, painting still serves as their “happy time.”

Jewel Reign, the only girl in their brood, made her parents proud when her artwork made it to an art competition in Japan.

Meanwhile, 8-year-old Jedd Ryle, the youngest, produces visually unique paintings by using a fork to apply paint to canvas.

“I feel so blessed, very happy po talaga kasi hindi naman namin ine-expect,” Olive said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

The Rilloraza kids are Junior Artists of Artes De Ilocandia, and are members of Batang Pinoy Artist, and International Artists Association, headed by the lone descendant of the Luna brothers in their town.