Ma­ni­ago to re­ceive Out­stand­ing Fer­nandino award for cul­ture and arts

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

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.

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