Articles worth reading

Muntinlupa mayor gives free chocolates

account_balanceMuntinlupa access_time5 days ago

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi gave chocolates to female employees and visitors in Muntinlupa City Hall on Valentine's Day. The local exec visited offices in the City Hall compound on Friday to wish the local government’s employees and clients a hap...

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco

Navotas has zero COVID-19 cases

account_balanceNavotas access_time5 days ago

Mayor Toby Tiangco reassured the public that Navotas remains free from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), previously known as novel Coronavirus (nCov). “There are no confirmed cases of nCov in our city. Our Task Force nCov, headed by our City...

Davao bettor wins P36-million lotto jackpot

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

A bettor from Davao del Norte won the P36-million jackpot prize on Thursday night's draw of the Lotto 6/42. In a statement, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma said the lucky bettor gue...

Manila News

Manila paying P20 million for ‘Botong’ mural

account_balanceManila chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Manila has agreed to pay the National Museum P20 million as payment for the restoration of the mural by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco that used to be installed on the wall around Bulwagan Villegas at the Office of the City Mayor.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Damagoso said the city would work on the return of the famous painting after he consulted with members of the city council to allocate funds for the restoration effected by the National Museum.

In his reply, the mayor said they are bent on getting back the mural, because the said masterpiece belongs to Manila.

He has ordered his staff to check possible water leakage from the upper floors of the city hall building that had caused stains on the upper portions of five paintings, plus the added dust and stains accumulated in the over four decades following its installation.

He likewise sought the assistance from the National Museum on how to properly care for the said mural to ensure it will be appreciated by generations to come.

It was learned that the interior design of the original location is now being prepared in preparation for the return of the masterpiece to its original place.

The mural had suffered extensive damage over the years due to a plumbing problem in city hall.

In 2013, former Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim requested that it undergo restoration under the supervision of the National Museum, with funding for the project coming from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

After the restoration was completed in 2015, the masterpiece was put on public view at the Senate Session Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts in February 2018. The museum is right across Manila City Hall on Taft Avenue.

According to a post on the National Museum’s Facebook page from 15 February 2018, an approved landmark agreement was made in 2017 by former Mayor Joseph Erjercito Estrada and the Manila City Council, which allowed “the original paintings to remain at the National Museum for enhanced public access and appreciation.”

In 1968, Manila City Mayor Antonio J. Villegas commissioned a painting from National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco. The result was “Filipino Struggles Through History,” composed of a series of four paintings for Manila City Hall. The huge mural depicts significant events in the country’s history — from the great rajahs who ruled Tondo to events in the American period.
The artist finished what was to be among his greatest artworks shortly before he died on 31 March 1969. In 1996, the mural was declared a National Cultural Treasure by then National Museum director Gabriel S. Casal.

date_rangeDate Published
6 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Manila eyes halfway houses for cancer patients

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode20 hours ago

Manila plans to build new halfway houses which will cater to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the construction of halfway houses is part of an integrated plan to strengthen the city's p...

Demonstrating how the

Manila rolls out PayMaya-enabled citizen IDs

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode1 hour ago

Manila started rolling out its citizen ID cards powered by PayMaya to beneficiaries that include senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and solo parents in the city, eliminating the need for them to line up at city hall to receive their a...

Advertisement