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Want A Carlos Francisco (Angono4 november 1912 – d. 31 March , 1969), also known under his nickname Filipino Botong, was a muralist. He is considered the main wall painters from the Philippine history and is known for his historical paintings. The work of Francisco is characterized by its flawless sense of composition, flowing lines and abundant use of color. In 1973, Francisco posthumously awarded the title National artist of the Philippines. In addition to his murals, was Francisco together with filmmaker Manuel Conde also active in the Philippine film industry.


Botong grew up in Angono, a municipality in the province of Rizal. Wine produced there and his father died when he was five years old. As one of the few from Angona Batong got after his secondary education the opportunity to continue studying. He studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines. Director of this training was Fabian de la Rosa, a prominent Filipino painter. Shortly before the end of the high school saw Botong, however, forced to stop with his training to go to work.

He began his career as an intern at the Philippine Herald, later he worked as an illustrator at La Vanguardia and the Manila Tribune. Shortly before the Second World War he joined as a lecturer of the newly established Faculty of Architecture and art of the University of Santo Tomas. After the outbreak of the war he returned to his hometown of Angono, where he joined the local guerrilla movement.

After the war, he returned in his old job as a professor at the University of Santo Tomas. Soon, the popularity of his murals a great escape. At the end of 1947 he stopped with his job as a teacher, to focus entirely on his artistic work. In July 1948 his work won the first prize at the Kaingin annual exhibition of Filipino art of Philippine National Museum. The price confirmed his status as one of the leading artists of the Philippines. He gradually got more and more large jobs, he made murals for known Filipinos as Carmen PlanasJosé Yulo and Eugenio Lopez. He also received large commissions for public buildings, such as Musikong Bumbong, Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, a painting for the Keg Room of Jai Alai, the bayanihan-scene for the Philippine Bank of Commerce, a four-panel-painting for the Philippine General Hospital and he painted walls of stations the chapel of the Far Eastern University and the Santo Domingo Church.

In the ' 50s was the celebrity of Botong on a highlight. In 1953, he was elected unanimously to the main entrance of first Philippine International Fair to paint. The theme of this masterpiece was "500 years of progress in the Philippines". The American weekly magazine Newsweek published this work sheet on a prominent Center spreads and thereby became the first Filipino artist who got so much attention Botong in an internationally renowned magazine. The work was lost when it was demolished shortly after the exhibition.

In addition to his work as a muralist Francisco was in the ' 40s and ' 50s is also active in the Philippine film industry, where he mainly worked with filmmaker and Filipino national artist Manuel Conde. As he wrote the script for Ghenghis Khan, Putol after KampilanTatlong Labuyo (1950) (1953) and he designed the costumes for Prinsipe Teñoso (1941), Ibong Adarna (1941), Siete Infantes de Lara (1950), Romeo at Julieta (1951) and the Juan Tamad series.

With the money he earned as an artist Botong could fine life in his hometown. On 31 March 1969 Botong died at the age of 57 of a ruptured vein, when he was exuberant laugh when watching his favorite TV show.