About the book:
Friends and admirers share the stories behind their personal BenCab collections–and their relationship with the National Artist himself. Contributions from Julius and Christine Babao, Iza Calzado, Patricia Coseteng, Joven Cuanang, Josine Elizalde, Ken Hakuta, Susan Snyder, Rico and Melannie Hizon, Patrick de Koenigswarter, Jaime Laya, Xavier and Mert Loinaz, Manolo and Maritess Lopez, Ambeth Ocampo, Paulino and Hetty Que, Val and Maurice del Rosario, Claude Tayag, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, Isabel Caro-Wilson, and Wilson Yuloque. Accompanied by full-page, full-color images of BenCab’s works.
Publisher: Anvil Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
About the contributors:
Julius Babao is a leading broadcaster who is well known for pursuing contemporary art pieces with the same fervor as he does news. Together with his wife Christine, a media personality, they have collected paintings and sculptures by Philippine artists over a number of years.
Iza Calzado is an acclaimed actress who starred in the musical Sabel: Love and Passion.
Patricia Coseteng is a collector of art and design. She is a proud mother of three and enjoys teaching Accounting at the University of the Philippines and dancing Zumba. She will gladly travel for art and good food.
Dr. Joven Cuanang is a foremost neurologist who was medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center until his retirement. A visionary in Philippine art, he opened Boston Gallery in Cubao and the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, now an important venue of contemporary art and events.
Josine Elizalde is a longtime BenCab collector, a devoted friend to the artist and Annie Sarthou, and a patroness of Philippine arts and culture.
Ken Hakuta is an American inventor, toy designer, and is also known as the ’80s TV personality Dr. Fad. He created some of the biggest selling toys of the 1980s including the Wacky Wall Walker. He is a collector of world art with a strong interest in promoting Philippine art to an international audience.
Susan Snyder lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and describes herself as a “yard sale/thrift shop browser.”
Rico Hizon is a multi-awarded broadcast journalist with BBC World News, and with his wife Melannie, is an advocate of Philippine art, notably BenCab.
Patrick de Koenigswarter was a noted photographer, a British-French baron who made the Philippines his adopted country where he remained much loved until his death in 2017.
A banker, an educator, a writer, Dr. Jaime C. Laya served in high positions in government and continues to do so in the private sector. He is one of the country’s well-known art collectors and continues to contribute immensely to the promotion and preservation of Philippine art and culture.
A banker, Xavier Loinaz, with his wife Mert, is an avid collector of Philippine art and antiques.
A captain of Philippine business and industry, and a diplomat, Manolo Lopez, with his wife Maritess, is one art collector whose name has been inextricably associated with BenCab since the ’70s. Ambassador Lopez and Maritess are firm believers in BenCab and published an award-winning book on the National Artist.
Ambeth R. Ocampo through his newspaper column, books and other writings, has single-handedly brought history into the realm of today’s pop culture, building an audience for Philippine heroes among today’s preppies and millennials. He has been given recognition here and abroad for his trailblazing efforts.
Paulino Que is arguably today’s foremost collector of Philippine art and antiques, his collection ranging from the masters to contemporary artists, from paintings to sculptures and santo and ivory. Being invited to view his and his wife Hetty’s collection is considered a privilege among the art cognoscenti.
Val and Marice del Rosario have been friends of BenCab since his London days in the ’70s. The couple lived in the UK as newlyweds, when Val was taking his masters degree in Maritime Law in the University of Wales. Their interest in Philippine contemporary art has influenced their two sons.
Claude Tayag is a noted sculptor, painter, chef – who also writes—a true Pampango gentleman who masters the fine things in life.
Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi is an accomplished painter, printmaker, and ceramist. She lives with her husband Marc in Limeuil, a tiny medieval village in the Périgord region of France, where she tends her orchids and vegetable garden and makes jams and foie gras pâtés.
Isabel Caro-Wilson is an art patron, entrepreneur, diplomat (former Philippine ambassador to Spain), a true woman leader.
Wilson Yuloque is the founder and president of Pioneer Films, the biggest independent film distributor in the Philippines, and a collector of ancient artifacts and modern art.
|Dimensions||12 × 12 × 12 cm|