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Urban Sketchers

Posted August 25, 2015

Urban Sketchers Workshop

Posted August 25, 2015

Urban Sketchers workshop, in celebration of ABE year

Posted August 19, 2015

The National Museum of the Philippines in cooperation with the Emilio Aguilar Cruz Foundation, Inc., presents the Urban Sketchers Workshop: Art Lessons in On-Location Sketching at the National Museum from September 19 to October 17, 2015.

Courses include Line Sketching for those willing to learn the basics and attain second nature sketching habits; Basic Watercolor for those with at least an average know-how of sketching and would like to attain the confidence and the skill of painting with watercolor; and Advanced Quick Sketching and Coloring Techniques for those with at least an average knowledge of drawing, or have fully participated in the first two workshops of this series, and would like to learn how to illustrate what they see in a matter of minutes.

The workshops will be conducted in celebration of the centennial year of Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz, who during his lifetime, together with the Dimasalang Group, documented landscapes of the country with paintings and sketches.

The workshop lectures will be conducted by members of Urban Sketchers Philippines: Cesar Ramirez, Carlo Martinez, Eileen Escueta and Janeil Arlegui. The culminating activity will be on October 24, 2015 at Abe’s Farm in Magalang, Pampanga.

Each Course is at P3000, inclusive of art materials, lunch and snacks. A certificate of completion will be given to each participant.

To register, please contact Mags of the LJC Group at (02) 5220403 or Jessie of the National Museum at (02) 5271143.

Enjoy Father’s Day at the LJC Restaurants

Posted June 16, 2015

Single largest donation of Emilio Aguilar Cruz’s artworks to go to National Museum

Posted May 28, 2015

by Eric S. Caruncho

Living well is the best revenge.
Few have exemplified the truth in this line by English poet George Herbert more than Emilio Aguilar Cruz, better known as Abe.

Painter and writer, journalist and diplomat, bon vivant and bohemian, Cruz was a renaissance man whose many accomplishments were matched only by his zest for life.
Of late, however, his reputation as an artist has been somewhat overshadowed by his fame as an epicure and champion of Kapampangan cuisine, thanks to the success of the LJC Restaurant Group, the chain established by his son Lorenzo “Larry” Cruz.
This imbalance may soon be redressed.
Permanent collection
In honor of Abe Cruz’s birth centennial this year, his family has donated his artworks to the permanent collection of the National Museum.
It is the single largest donation to the museum, according to Ana Labrador, chief curator and assistant director of the National Museum.
“We’re excited because it’s a chance to place Abe Cruz in the art historical perspective,” she says.
A prolific painter who worked mainly in oil and watercolor, Cruz is said to have made as many as 5,000 pieces, although the artist himself has placed the number closer to 3,000.
Influenced by French impressionism, Cruz formed the Dimasalang Group, a coterie of artists that included Sofronio Y. Mendoza, Andres Cristobal Cruz, Romulo Galicano and Ibarra de la Rosa.
Born in Magalang, Pampanga, Cruz was largely self-taught, dropping out of the UP School of Fine Arts after a year. In the 1930s, he started writing fiction and poetry for the Graphic Magazine, eventually becoming its feature writer. During the war, he served with guerrillas against the Japanese. After the war he became editor of the Sunday Times and, later, the Daily Mirror, championing Filipino culture and nationalism in his writings.
From 1978 to 1981, he was the Philippines’ permanent representative to Unesco. While stationed in Paris, he taught himself French and translated a number of French historical writings on the Philippines into English.
Cruz died on Dec. 19, 1991. The following year, the National Historical Institute placed a marker with his name in the Magalang town plaza. Some of his artworks, writings and memorabilia are on display in the EAC Museum at Abe’s Farm in Magalang. The LJC Restaurant Group has also established the Emilio Aguilar Cruz Foundation, through which deserving students of Magalang are granted scholarships.

Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/194459/single-largest-donation-of-emilio-aguilar-cruzs-artworks-to-go-to-national-museum#ixzz3bOqUeAIj

Emlio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz  (To serve as main photo with header of article)


Café Adriatico, EAC,1980

CITY Scene (Quiapo Procession), EAC



Young Woman in Terno, EAC


Celebrate Mother’s Day at the LJC Restaurants!

Posted April 22, 2015