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Carlos V. Francisco - Famous Rizaleño

Carlos V. Francisco
Carlos V. Francisco
Carlos V. Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969), popularly known as Botong, was a muralist from Angono, Rizal.

Francisco was a most distinguished practitioner of mural painting for many decades and best known for his historical pieces. He was one of the first Filipino modernists along with Galo Ocampo and Victorio C. Edades who broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's romanticism of Philippine scenes.


His great works are Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan, Magpupukot, Fiesta, Bayanihan sa Bukid, Sandugo, Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Serenade, and Muslim Betrothal.

He was given the highest recognition, the title National Artist of the Philippines - Visual Arts posthumously in 1973. He was also responsible for the discovery of the now famous Angono Petroglyphs in 1965. He was also involved in Costume Design in Philippine cinema. “Botong” was declared National Artist in 1973 and received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1976.

Carlos V. Francisco's Mangingisda
Carlos V. Francisco's Mangingisda

His works include the mural “Fiesta” (1947) which he did for the Manila Hotel, “Pounding Rice” (1949), “The Threshers” (1950), “Muslim Betrothal” (1958), and the mural depicting the Filipino struggles through history at the Bulwagang Katipunan of the Manila City Hall (1964).
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