I am featuring a postcard rendition of one of the paintings done by Philippine National Artist Vicente S. Manansala (January 22, 1910 - August 22, 1981). Manansala is regarded as a "social realist" for depicting in his artworks the Philippines' struggle for a national identity after the Second World War. He is known as the pioneer of transparent cubism in the country.
This watercolor painting depicts the scene of a street vendor selling balut, a popular Filipino delicacy. Balut is boiled fertilized duck egg which is believed to be an aphrodisiac.
I've sent out about five pieces of this postcard design to art lovers and the recipients told me they loved it. A postcrosser from Poland even sent me a bar of her favorite chocolate because she really liked the card.
The postcards I sent would have been much more interesting had they been sent with any of the following stamps issued in 2010 to commemorate the birth centenary of the national artist. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get my hands on any of these stamps. I believe another trip to the Main Post Office is in order. I just hope the Postage and Philatelic Department still have these goodies.
Wishing you happy journeys...
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