In this issue:

MUKHANG TSINOY
MUKHANG TSINOY, ARTISTANG PINOY
HIS ART, OUR HEART
IN FOCUS:
BOTONG'S PORTRAIT OF ENRIQUE AND MARIA YUCHENGCO
SULU LECTURE MATERIALS NOW ONLINE
FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
BEYOND THE CURRENTS CATALOGUE
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MUKHANG TSINOY

Fernando Amorsolo,
Portrait of Doña Maria
Yuchengco
Cone Room
Ongoing until January 17, 2009


Ancestral worship is a time-honored tradition of the Filipino-Chinese. At Tsinoy homes, portraits of loved ones are often placed near or above Taoist, Buddhist, or Christian altars. Forebears are venerated through prayers, incense burning, food offerings, and even paper money burning. The locations of portraits in such altars indicates that Tsinoy families commissioned portraits as part of their belief system or filial duty, and not for décor alone.

Inspired by portraits of Enrique and Maria Yuchengco in our collection, we join the Amorsolo Retrospective with an exhibit entitled Mukhang Tsinoy: Portraits by Fernando Amorsolo. Many of the exhibited Amorsolo portraits of Tsinoy families, which are treasured as family heirlooms, are on public display for the first time.

MUKHANG TSINOY, ARTISTANG PINOY

Ang Kiukok, Young Yvonne

Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
Ongoing until January 17, 2009


In line with Mukhang Tsinoy, we present Mukhang Tsinoy, Artistang Pinoy, a showcase of portraits of Tsinoy personalities by Filipino artists. Among the artists featured are National Artists Ang Kiukok, Bencab, and Vicente Manansala; painters Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Romulo Galicano, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Ephraim Samson, and Serafin Serna; and sculptor Ting Ping Lay.

HIS ART, OUR HEART
We are one of the seven participating museums in His Art, Our Heart, the Fernando Amorsolo Retrospective. The retrospective aims to take another look at our first National Artist through a four-month, multi-venue exhibit of his works.

This rare gathering of his paintings, illustrations, and sketches hopes to cultivate a deeper understanding of Filipino culture and values as seen through Amorsolo's eyes. His works depict a fervent idealism, a sense of community, the love of beauty, the dignity of hard work, and a celebration of our country's history.

Join us as we celebrate one of the greatest Filipino painters and the beauty he saw in everything. For more information on His Art, Our Heart, visit the Amorsolo Retrospective website.

IN FOCUS:
BOTONG'S PORTRAIT OF ENRIQUE AND MARIA YUCHENGCO


Portrait of Enrique and Maria Yuchengco, Carlos "Botong" Francisco (1914 - 1969, National Artist for Visual Arts), 1953, Oil on canvas, 241.3 x 579.1 cm.


Dominating the Masters Gallery is the portrait of Enrique and Maria Yuchengco by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco. Commissioned in 1953, the towering portrait of Alfonso Yuchengco's parents hung at the Yuchengco family mausoleum before it was heaviliy restored and moved to the museum in 2005.

The Tsinoy double portrait blends traditional Chinese and Filipino symbols. At the foreground, two temple lions act as guardians of the couple. Maria is dressed in a traditional qipao, while Enrique dons a Western suit. Bamboo of various shades emanate from the background. In this painting, Botong used bamboo to represent the couple's children, with the red bamboo being the youngest son, Alfonso. Sepia images of industry and labor rise to be blessed by an angel, a Christian motif. Interestingly, however, Botong painted the face of the angel like Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.

The portrait of Enrique and Maria Yuchengco is on view at the Masters Gallery, which presents fine works by three master painters: Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Carlos "Botong" Francisco.

SULU LECTURE MATERIALS NOW ONLINE

Pangalay demonstration

Didn't make it to our Sulu lectures last September 20? Looking for more information on the Sulu archipelago or Sultanate? Materials from our four lectures on Sulu history and culture are available on the museum website! Download all four or specific abstracts, presentations, and papers for your enjoyment and research needs.

Download the Sulu lecture materials from
http://www.yuchengcomuseum.org/programs.html


FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
BEYOND THE CURRENTS CATALOGUE
21 x 29.5 cm, 36 pages, Full color
P450

Accompanying the exhibit Beyond the Currents: The Culture and Power of Sulu, this handsome 36-page catalogue presents, in a nutshell, the power and strength of the Sulu archipelago when it was the gateway to international trade between Europe and China.

The catalogue contains photographs and extended captions on selected Sulu weaponry, armor, and traditional arts. Also included are the September 20 lecture abstracts of Abraham Sakili, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, Julkipli Wadi, and Mehol Sadain on the history, culture, and dynamics of Sulu. More than just a brochure, this catalogue allows many others to learn about the beauty of a culture and a sultanate that wielded great power in past centuries.

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