Grandchildren of Manansala, Botong, and Coching Hold Rare Group Show

It runs until June 21 at Robinsons Galleria.

( It's always a question of whether talent is something you inherit or something you harness. But for the grandchildren of three National Artists for Visual Arts, it seems that it's a little bit of both. This month, Ronna Manansala, Carlos "Totong" Francisco II, and Marco Coching are showcasing their paintings in a group exhibition titled Legacy: Beyond the Blood. It runs until June 21 at Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City.

“Swans and Swans” by Ronna Manansala Courtesy of Robinsons Land

Ronna Manansala, granddaughter of Vicente Manansala, initially dabbled into the arts through dance until she had to work abroad in order to support her family as a single mother. She later found comfort in painting, following the footsteps of her grandfather. Ronna, who was once a ballet dancer, projected her passion for the dance's femininity and grace on the canvas. She holds a Master's degree in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Santo Tomas and is a founding member of the United Women Artists Association of the Philippines.

Painting by Totong Francisco Courtesy of Robinsons Land

Carlos "Totong" Francisco II, grandson of Carlos "Botong" Francisco, is deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism—the artist's response growing up in the age of Regionalism. It can be remembered that Botong, during his time, was a part of the modern art movement and broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's Romanticism. Like most artists, Totong and Botong resisted the status quo.

Painting by Macoy Coching Courtesy of Robinsons Land
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Unlike his grandfather, Francisco Coching, who was regarded as one of the pillars of the Philippine comics industry, Marco Coching dabbles in his own style of abstract expressionism. His previous show, Luminous Abstractions, used the beauty of light amid different kinds of environments to present the reality of life.

Legacy: Beyond the Blood runs until June 21 at 3/F Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.

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