Dedicated to the work of a family of self-taught painters now entering its third generation, the Blanco Family Art Museum is a distinctly Filipino affair, one filled with folk-art-style scenes of colorful fiestas and rural life. Jose “Pitok” V. Blanco founded the dynasty; today, Michael, one of his seven children, runs the museum.
There’s a small charge to enter the Blanco Family Art Museum, with discounts available for seniors. Paintings are arranged in order of the artist’s position within the family and the age they were when they created them. Topics run the gamut, from scenes of farming, fishing, and markets to traditional Filipino rituals.
Few tours get out to Angono or visit the Blanco Family Art Museum—it’s a long way from downtown Manila. Most visitors will find it easiest to travel by taxi or with a private guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Fans of folk art, naïve art, and Philippines culture will appreciate the works here.
- Blanco, which means “white”, is a common surname in the Philippines. This Blanco family are no relation to Don Antonio Blanco, subject of a museum in Bali, Indonesia.
- The family takes its research seriously, traveling the archipelago’s 7,000-odd islands in search of exciting cultural activities to document.
How to Get There
The Blanco Family Art Museum is located in Angono, effectively a suburb of Metro Manila, around 17 miles (28 kilometers) from the center. Unless you fancy self-driving Manila’s gridlocked traffic, it’s easiest to take a taxi. Alternatively, make your way to EDSA Crossing (catch the MRT Line 3), then pick up whichever van, bus, jeepney, or shared taxi is leaving for Angono first. On arrival in Angono, catch a tricycle sidecar-taxi to the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays, but otherwise open from morning until late afternoon. Try to time your visit to avoid Manila’s morning and evening rush hours, roughly 7am–9am and 5pm–9pm. Even outside rush hour and in a private vehicle, each leg of the journey will take well over an hour and possibly more than two.
Angono: Art Capital of the Philippines
Once a charming pastoral town, Angono is now effectively part of Metro Manila. But its artistic legacy still endures, and it’s not just the Blanco Family Art Museum that has given Angono its unofficial “Art Capital of the Philippines” title. Other well-known Angono artists include Carlos V. “Botong” Francisco, Nemesio Miranda, Jr. (Nemiranda), and Perdigon Vocalan.