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2008, November 10.  Christmas 2008 - Mother and Child

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Singles, Sheets of 40 (10 x 4);  Souvenir Sheets of 2




     7p   Mother & Child by Al Perez  -  Singles  (50,000)

   20p   Mother & Child by Angelito David - Singles  (50,000)

   24p   Mother & Child by Al Perez  - Singles  (50,000)

   26p   Mother & Child by Mardonio Cempron  -  Singles  (50,000)


Souvenir Sheets of 2   (6,500)

  7p Madonna & Child by Al Perez

26p  Mother & Child by Peter Aralar


Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


First Day Covers:



Artwork for First Day Covers by Reynaldo S. Punelas and Ruben "Robie" Perdiguerra





The Madonna and Child as subject of art is definitely Christian in origin and symbol. It fascinated artists for centuries and was made as icons for worship in Christian churches.

In the Philippines, artists have made countless renditions of mother and child from classical to modern art. These paintings reflect the human view of the relationship between the mother and the child. The love the mother gives to her child is made of deep devotion, sacrifice and pain. It is enduring and endless that nothing can destroy it or take that love away.

Al Perez is a native of Hagonoy, Bulacan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. Best known for his meticulous and realistic rendition of old churches, he has recorded every important church in the country. He is the acknowledged aquarelle master of Baroque churches. His genre of painting includes Philippine rural scenes, nipa houses, portraits, nudes, flowers, mother and child and landscapes.

Angelito David is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and the Accademia de Belle Arti in Rome. He studied Fresco painting and Art Restoration. While restoring documents at the Corcoran Gallery and the JP Morgan Library he had major exhibits in New York and Nashville, Tennessee.  He became known for his mastery of watercolor in competitions in Italy, the United States, and the Philippines. He was head of the Watercolor Society of the Philippines and prime mover in the Art Association of the Philippines. He held professorial posts at the University of the East and the College of the Holy Spirit for over 22 years. He is an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He is co-founder of the Society of Philippine American Artists. He is a full member of the Hudson Artists Inc. and was their Artist of the Year in 2005. He has been featured in "Contemporary Art" and "Art Philippines". He currently teaches at the NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, and the Bloomfield Community Center.

Peter Aralar hails from Pila-pila, Binangonan, Rizal. A member of Bigkis Sining, he worked as an artist-designer for Coca-Cola Bottlers, Phils. After retirement in2003, he concentrated in painting and has participated in more than fifty (50) painting exhibits.

Mardonio Cempron was born in Jetafe, Bohol in 1941.  Has been practicing in the field of architecture from 1966 to 1983, when he went fulltime into painting.   In 1974, painted with the art group Dimasalang, joining their painting excursions to provincial spots.  An artisan of oil and acrylic paintings, he was first recognized in his watercolor paintings. His works of Art which decorated some prominent Art Galleries are among the most sought after Art paintings.

Reynaldo S. Punelas is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, is a founding member of Bigkis Sining Binangonan and an Auditor of Earth Art Group. He participated in more than 50 art exhibitions and won several art competitions including the grand prize national drawing contest for Woman's Magazine (1976) and second prize for the AAP Annual Painting Competition, sculpture category (1978). Besides being an artist, he was formerly number one councilor and vice-mayor of Binangonan.

Ruben “Robie” Perdiguerra is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the National College of Business and Arts but pursued his artistic passion. A recipient of several local painting awards, his subjects focused mostly on women working at the farm. He is presently working as a freelance artist and managing a modest art gallery.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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