Paskong Pinoy Artwork Series 2017 from Pan de Manila
Heavenly strokes define Noel Mahilum’s artwork on paper bags filled with colors and children. Antipolo-based artist Noel Mahilum’s beautiful painting is gracing Pan de Manila’s collectible limited-edition paper bags and Christmas gift packs. Famous for his “Batu-Bato” series,
Heavenly strokes define Noel Mahilum’s artwork on paper bags filled with colors and children. Antipolo-based artist Noel Mahilum’s beautiful painting is gracing Pan de Manila’s collectible limited-edition paper bags and Christmas gift packs.
Famous for his “Batu-Bato” series, Noel’s paper bags feature stones and children portrayed in their innocence and love for celebration done in the artist’s signature colorful, circular strokes.
“The artwork reminds me of my own childhood,” Noel shared. “When we were young, we would visit my father in his studio, finishing his paintings. We would imitate whatever he’s doing and he noticed that. So when Christmas time came, we got our own sets of paints and easels as gifts. My siblings and I remembered that.”
Noel’s father is renowned painter Tony Mahilum, a contemporary master. He influenced his children, including Noel, who would all become painters and artists. They took up Painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.
From Manila, his father moved the family to Antipolo City in 1984, which was sudden yet proved to be beneficial to the creative process of his children. The entire Rizal Province’s rustic, country appeal and heritage inspired the young Mahilums’ artistry. Noel developed his own, signature style.
Noel’s artwork is a reminder of the gift-giving tradition and decking the house with Yuletide decor. “I remember when we were younger, my father would give us aguinaldo money and we got to buy the toy we want. I ended up buying a set of colored toy square blocks. Little did I know I was already preparing myself for an art career that early.”
For Noel, Pan de Manila’s yearly tradition of incorporating Christmas Pinoy traditions is commendable and reminds us to always go back to our roots. “Wherever we go, we carry our tradition and culture,” he concluded. “It’s nice to have piping hot pan de sal especially after Simbang Gabi at the Antipolo Cathedral. May the artwork remind us that despite the cool weather, we can surround ourselves with warmth, not only from Pan de Manila’s freshly baked bread, but with the love and unity of our own family, which is at the heart of Paskong Pinoy.”
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