Monday, August 31, 2009

Have a look at the colorful "Pinoy Art on Wheels" on Philippine anti-TB stamps

By Nancy T. Lu
“Pinoy Art on Wheels” is the theme of this year’s Philippine anti-TB stamps (see photo above) issued this month by the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society, Inc.

Prominent Filipino painter Manuel D. Baldemor invited Filipino contemporary artists of different generations to contribute designs of different styles to the seals used for fund-raising in the fight against tuberculosis in the Philippines.

Initially the colorful jeepney, a popular public transport in the Philippines, was the topic decided upon. But eventually the design theme was broadened to cover wheels in general. Baldemor himself chose to bring in the “sorbetero” or ice cream vendor still familiar to the population in the Philippines.

Baldemor took a short break from his big project in France to return to Manila for the launching of the stamps. He is working on a mosaic mural (see picture below) for the Basilica of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Lisieux, Normandy, France. His masterpiece on the Philippine People Power Revolution, which is being executed with the help of two French mosaic artists, will be iinstalled on October 18, 2009.

Baldemor is a famous artist whose brightly colored works have appeared on many UNICEF Christmas cards over the years.

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