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Napoleón Isabelo Veloso-Abueva born January 26, 1930, more popularly known as Napoleón Abueva, is a Filipino artist. He is a sculptor given the distinction as one of the National Artists of the Philippines for Sculpture. He is also entitled as the "Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture". He is the first and only Boholano given the distinction as National Artist of the Philippines in the field of Visual Arts. [1] Napoleon Abueva, nicknamed Billy, was born on January 26, 1930 in Tagbilaran, Bohol to Teodoro Abueva, a Bohol congressman and Purificacion Veloso, president of the Women’s Auxiliary Service. His father was a friend and contemporary of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas and Ambassador Narciso Ramos. He was a member of the Provincial Board, and later became the Provincial Governor of Bohol. He ended his career as a Congressman in 1934. Both of Abueva's parents were to give their lives for their country during World War II... (more)

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Illustration of Dyesebel, a Philippine mermaid.

Dyesebel is considered as one of the most popular komiks series in the Philippines. Serialized in Pilipino Komiks in 1953, Dyesebel was written by Mars Ravelo, considered the "King of Komiks" in the Philippines, and illustrated by master illustrator Elpidio Torres. Dyesebel is now considered part of Philippine mythology and popular culture. It has been adapted into movies several times. Some of the famous actresses to portray the role were Edna Luna, Vilma Santos, Alice Dixson and Charlene Gonzales. A pregnant woman is fascinated by a portrait of a mermaid, and when she gives birth to her child, the infant has the tail of a fish instead of human legs. The father decides to get rid of the child, but he is stopped by lightning and thunder. Read more...

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