Maniago to receive Outstanding Fernandino award for culture and arts
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— Maestro Rafael "Paeng" Maniago is set to receive the Outstanding Fernandino award for culture and arts on February 4 at the Heroes Hall here.
Maniago is a 60 plus-year-old painter who became a teacher to Victor Ramos -- the painter of the Betis Ceiling during the 1970s. This same ceiling painting is one of the many art attractions inside the Betis Church in Guagua.
Victor Ramos was 20 years older than him at that time.
Maniago was also the painter of the 15 portrait paintings of the past governors of Pampanga, which can be seen at the Provincial Capitol and is the painter of majority of the portraits of most number of presidents of the Holy Angel University.
Maniago has been drawing since childhood. He attended the University of the East in Manila where he studied Fine Arts and Commercial Advertisement. For 20 years, he operated his own gallery in the Philippines and in 1989 he decided to come to the United States. His passion for learning continued as he studied at the Pasadena Art Center.
He has painted over 1,000 portraits, many of which were of the Philippine leaders of commerce, industry and politics.
Aside from conducting workshops throughout Southern California for years, he is also a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Society of Portrait Artists, California Art Club, and Laguna Plain Air Painter Association and a winner of different art contests in the United States.