The National Museum to open E. Aguilar Cruz Hall in honor of the Filipino writer and artist

Fun fact: Abe the restaurant is named after him!


( The National Museum will put a spotlight this month on 48 paintings and some memorabilia from Filipino artist and writer Emilio "Abé" Aguilar Cruz (1915-1991), donated by his family to the nation, and inaugurate the hall in his name. The museum will convert its Gallery XV hall to E. Aguilar Cruz Hall.


Abé Aguilar Cruz


If you have no idea who Abé Aguilar Cruz was, this is a good time to get to know him. He is described as an artist, writer, and bohemian, although he was also known for being a journalist and art critic. 


Cruz was also recognized for being a bon vivant; so he has been associated with the dishes he grew up with—fine Kapampangan food. The National Museum aims to introduce him to younger audiences.


Cruz was known for using Impressionism in his paintings to depict mundane scenes in the country, as a result making them look stunning instead of ordinary.



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The museum has prepared a series of programs with Emilio Aguilar Cruz Foundation and LJC Restaurants to celebrate Abé’s birth centenary this year. The E. Aguilar Cruz Hall will be opened to the public on September 23.



The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located at Padre Burgos Drive, Manila ( or 527-1215).


Photos from the National Museum of the Philippines’ Facebook page and LJC Restaurants. For more information, you may visit their website. 

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