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Trivias about the Mother and Child paintings for Pasko 2008

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The Madonna and Child as subject of art is definitely Christian in origin and symbol. It fascinated artists for centuries and were made as icons for worship in Christian churches.

In the Philippines, artists have made countless renditions of mother and child from classical to modern art. These paintings reflect the human view of the relationship between the mother and the child. The love the mother gives to her child is made of deep devotion, sacrifice and pain. It is enduring and endless that nothing can destroy it or take that love away.

Al Perez is a native of Hagonoy, Bulacan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. Best known for his meticulous and realistic rendition of old churches, he has recorded every important church in the country. He is the acknowledged aquarelle master of Baroque churches. His genre of painting includes Philippine rural scenes, nipa houses, porhaits, nudes, flowers, mother and child and landscapes.

Angelito David is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and the Accademia de Belle Arti in Rome. He studied Fresco painting and Art Restoration. While restoring documents at the Corcoran Gallery and the JP Morgan Library he had major exhibits in New York and Nashville TE. He has become known for his mastery of watercolor in competitions in Italy, the United States, and the Philippines. He was head of the Watercolor Sociefy of the Philippines and prime mover in the Art Association of the Philippines. He held professorial posts at the University of the East and the College of the Holy Spirit for over 22 years. He is an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He is co-founder of the Society of Philippine American Artists. He is a full member of the Hudson Artists Inc. and was their Artist of the Year in 2005. He has been featured in "Contemporary Art" and "Art Philippines". He currently teaches at the NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, and the Bloomfield Community Center.

Peter Aralar hails from Pila-pila Binangonan,Rizal. A member of Bigkis Sining, he worked as an artist-designer for Coca-cola Bottlers, Phils. After retirement in2003, he concentrated in painting and has participated in more than fifty (50) painting exhibits.

Reynaldo S. Punelas is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, is a founding member of Bigkis Sining Binangonan and an Auditor of Earth Art Group. He participated in more than 50 art exhibitions and won several art competitions including the grand prize naliotal drawing contest for Woman's Magazite (1976) and second prize for the AAP Annual Painting Competition, sculpture category (1978). Besides being an artist, he was formerly no. 1 councilor and vice-mayor of Binangonan.

Ruben 'oRobie" Perdiguera is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the National College of Business and Arts but pursued his artistic passion. A recipient of several local painting awards, his subjects focused mostly on women working at the farm. He is presently working as a freelance artist and managinga modest art gallery.

Stamps, souvenir sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting November 10, 2008 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.