Documentary of Aklan artist’s life pushed

first_imgThis portrait of Jose Rizal painted by Aklanon legendary artist Telesforo Sucgang is described as “one of the finest and truest likeness of Rizal.” It was created in 1891. AMBETH R. OCAMPO He wrote articles published in ElComercio and the Visayan papers El Porvenir de Visayas, El Panay, ElIlonguillo, and Revolucion.          “We do not know how Sucgang paintedthe image because according to our research, Rizal was travelling at the timewhen Sucgang started painting in Spain. Nevertheless, Sucgang’s painting ofRizal is currently valued around P2 billion but of course it is not for sale,”he added. His other works during this periodinclude ‘Estamos Salvados’ and ‘La Llegada del Correo Español en la Bahia deManila’ in 1887. The latter was renamed Steamship Buenaventura. While in Madrid, Sucgang “painted twolarge historical pictures: the ‘El Desembarco de Magallanes,’ or The First Massin the Philippines, in 1888, and ‘La Llegada de Legazpi y Urdaneta,” accordingto one of his relatives.  “There are still many things we do notknow about Telesforo to which includes the whereabouts of his burial site,”said Rebecca Ocampo, a close relative of Sucgang. Sucgang reportedly hailed in Batan,Aklan and studied painting in Spain where he met Rizal. His othercontemporaries include Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna. Kalibo, Aklan – The family of Aklanon legend Telesforo Sucgang, who issaid to be the contemporary of Dr. Jose Rizal, wants to create a documentary ofthe artist’s life. During the revolution against Spain,Sucgang was appointed captain and, later on, commandant of the militaryadministration headed by Martin Teofilo Delgado in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, astold by the former’s great grandson.      Meanwhile, Jude Roland Ay-ay, curatorof the Jose Rizal Museum in Intramuros, Manila, said Telesforo’s portrait ofRizal was the “most credible painting” of the national hero’s face. In 1900, Sucgang founded the Institutode Visayas in Jaro, Iloilo. Then in 1905, he built the Instituto Aklan inKalibo and another school in Capiz between 1907 and 1911. In 1912, the artistfounded the Colegio de Minerva in Manila, which lasted until his death in1916./PNlast_img

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