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Barako Festival: Lipa History on Canvass Unveiled at SM

A painting by Reynaldo Bautista depicting the Calle Real of Lipa during the American Regime.  These palatial mansions were razed to the ground during World War II.
[This short article is a press release from the Lipa City Tourism Council and SM City-Lipa.]

Eight paintings depicting the historical milestones of Lipa City were unveiled last October 16, Monday at SM City Lipa. The milestones included the coming of the Bornean Datus in the 13th century, followed by the coming of Spaniards in the 1500s, the catastrophic eruption of Taal Volcano in 1754, the Golden Coffee Years of Lipa, the American Regime, World War II, the cityhood of Lipa and the modern day Lipa City.

The paintings were voluntarily rendered by visual artists Joseph Albao, Janina Sanico, Ravenald dela Cruz, Rex Tatlonghari, Mone Luz, Reynaldo Bautista, Robert Tiaño and JR Padilla, respectively.

Lipa City Mayor Meynard A. Sabili (center) together with the officers of Lipa Tourism Culture and Arts Council, volunteer artists and SM officers.  Top (from left) are Atty. JR Macasaet, Jillian Deveza, Luchie Resurreccion, Fe Peña, Minnie Atienza, SM Mall Manager Liza F. Dimaculangan, SM PR Manager Wendy Bautista, visual artist Janina Sanico and Atty. Greta Resurreccion.  Kneeling are other visual artists, Robert Tiaño, Reynaldo Bautista, JR Padilla, Rex Tatlonghari and Ravenald dela Cruz. 
On the other hand, historical information on each era was written by former history professor Rex Raymond Torrecampo [blushing 😊]. These notes are also in display alongside each painting, giving the viewer enlightening views on the struggles and triumphs of Lipa City.

Lipa History on Canvass Art Exhibit is part of the weeklong celebration of Kapeng Barako Festival. The festival commemorates the time when then Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Spain declared on October 21, 1887 that Lipa be called “Villa de Lipa” for the place being so rich because of its coffee production.

An oil painting of Joseph Albao depicting the story of the arrival of the Bornean Datus which is known as the “Maragtas.” 

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