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Amorsolo’s artworks return home

Bea Micaller

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Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Tatum King (right) and Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr. sign the Deed of Donation for the Amorsolo Paintings on 22 November.

Two pieces of art by Philippine National Artist Fernando Amorsolo were turned over to the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco by the US Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Division in November.

“Through the Museo ng Lahing Pilipino and programs of the Philippine government, particularly the Sentro Rizal in San Francisco, we aim to increase awareness and appreciation of our Philippine history and culture,” Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr. said.

One anonymous San Francisco-based donor has turned the pieces that depict harvest time in the Philippines over to the HSI.

The donor’s father procured the Amorsolo paintings when he served as a military policeman in the Philippines.

When he died a few years ago, the bereaved family deemed it necessary that Filipinos see the beauty in Amorsolo’s paintings that are reflections of what Philippine was before.

Master painter Amorsolo is the first-ever individual hailed as a National Artist of the Philippines.

Bensurto accepted the paintings on behalf of the Philippine Consulate and signed a Deed of Donation with HSI Special Agent in Charge Tatum King for the official turnover.

In his opening greetings, the Consul General extended his appreciation to the HSI for its relentless works for the sake of Philippine art.

On the other hand, Bensurto also put emphasis that the Museo ng Lahing Pilipino is currently being developed in the hope of imparting to younger generations residing in the States the rich Philippine history and cultural heritage.

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