|Cause of death Tuberculosis|
Religion Roman Catholicism
Name Botong Francisco
|Other names Botong|
Resting place Heroes' Cemetery
|Full Name Carlos Modesto Villaluz Francisco|
Born November 4, 1912 (age 56) (1912-11-04) Angono, Rizal, Philippine Islands
Education University of the Philippines
Artwork Bayanihan, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan sa Bukid
Parents Felipe Francisco, Maria Villaluz
Died March 31, 1969 (aged 56) Angono, Rizal, Philippines
Similar Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Fernando Amorsolo
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Carlos Modesto Villaluz "Botong" Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969) was a muralist from Angono, Rizal.
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- Early life and career
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Early life and career
Francisco was a most distinguished practitioner of mural painting for many decades and best known for his historical pieces. He was one of the first Filipino modernists along with Galo Ocampo and Victorio C. Edades who broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's romanticism of Philippine scenes. According to restorer Helmuth Josef Zotter, Francisco's art "is a prime example of linear painting where lines and contours appear like cutouts."
He was responsible for the discovery of the now famous Angono Petroglyphs in 1965. He was also involved in Costume Design in Philippine cinema.
His great works include Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan, Magpupukot, Fiesta, Bayanihan sa Bukid, Sandugo, Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Serenade, and Muslim Betrothal. Some of his murals have suffered damage over the years. The "Pageant of Commerce" emerged from several years of restoration in 2000.
His murals in the lobby of the Philippine General Hospital were restored for the 3rd time in 2007.
Botong died on March 31, 1969 in Angono, Rizal, Philippines.