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Tingting Cojuangco at the Freeway x Botong Francisco Holiday 2012 Launch

Spotted: Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco at the Freeway x Botong Francisco Holiday 2012 launch.

There is this undeniable regal flair about Ms. Tingting Cojuangco. Way before I got to meet her personally, there is always this feeling that I kind of know her a bit already. You can’t blame me, her column, together with her girls, when it first came on print on Philippine Star, is the first thing I turn to when I get hold of the broadsheet. Yes, that’s the Entertainment section. I especially loved how the column sounded a lot like the three of them are conversing while giving their respective two cents to the person asking for advice.

STYLE S.O.S. By Tingting Cojuangco, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Rissa Mananquil

Then the column transitioned to her trio with Lucy Torres-Gomez and Rizza Mananquil for Style S.O.S. on Philippine Star still. You can just about guess where I got the beauty tips right from when I was in college. 🙂

Imagine my delight when I was invited to dine with “the” Tingting Cojuangco, beauty and brains, then until now. It was from my folks, who also look up to her, that I learned what’s in her name. Mom told me that she used to be a model, very thin during that time and she was named Tingting, vernacular for broomstick. I forgot to verify this with her during our visit. She just might confirm this in the event that she chances upon this post. 🙂

I was even more impressed at her vast collection of artifacts that she has built over the years that originated from all over the Philippines!

Tingting Cojuangco’s Artifacts collection

Here’s the kicker, she knows exactly which ones come from where and what those trinkets are designed to do! Whew! I love her already and her passion for our culture and everything beautiful about our Philippines. 🙂


Kulintang is a modern term for an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums. Source: Wikipedia

Follow Tingting Cojuangco on Twitter – @TingCojuangco

Tingting Cojuangco is on Twitter too. How cool is that? I use Instagram on a regular basis and because I had to know what the above pictured musical instrument was (it’s at the tip of my tongue, lost in my olden days of Batibot), so I instagramed away. 🙂


Freeway x Botong Francisco NACS Holiday 2012

Freeway pays tribute to the greatest muralist of all time – Carlos “Botong” V. Franciso for its National Artist Collectors’ Series (NACS) Holiday Collection 2012. Botong Franciso was from the artist town of Angono, Rizal. Now that I have seen a glimpse of Botong Francisco’s masterpieces, I am seriously going to schedule a trip to nearby Angono and check out what it’s made of. After all, I have heard how it has produced countless of artists that have made names for themselves.

This NACS Freeway collaboration  also marks the 100th Grand Anniversary of Botong’s life who was born in 1912. After Fernando Amorsolo, Botong Francisco was the next Filipino to receive the title of National Artist in Painting. He was one of the first Filipino modernists who revolutionized art and deviated from Fernando Amorsolo’s romanticism of Philippines scenes. 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 Betrothaland the famed “Nose Flute” which set auction record of P27.8 million and is now owned by a private Indonesian collector.

The Freeway x Botong Francisco NACS Holiday launch was appropriately opened by Michael Blanco Academy students’ very impressive art exhibition. The students were from 6 to 12 years old and are from Botong Francisco’s Angono, Rizal hometown.

Artwork by Cedric Estrella, 10 years old

The talented young artists wowed everyone with their incredible abilities showcased through live painting and sketching activity. The paintings of the Michael Blanco Academy’s students made the launch a success in itself. The artists kids’ works of art are all awesome!

Artwork of 11 year old Elora Gayle Blanco

Michael Blanco Academy Students and Teachers

Cherie Gil hosted the Freeway x Botong Francisco launch

To shed more light into the human side of our National Artist, Cherie Gil interviewed special guests Ino Manalo (Executive Director of the National Archives) and Carlos “Totong” Francisco II (Grandson of Botong Francisco) who both shared interesting stories and trivia about Botong Francisco and his big influence in Philippines Art and Culture. Former Governor of Tarlac, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, a passionate lover of art and fashion was also there. (more…)