Saturday, July 2, 2011

Balut Vendor

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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  1. wow! this is really cool. My knowledge about our local artist is very limited,thanks to your post.

  2. Beautiful art! As you say, it would be great to have the stamps to go with the card.

  3. National artists I believe are the most underrated in the country. It's a good thing through this blog we will get to know their artistic abilities which is worldly renowned.

  4. Cool art!The recipients would definitely love them.

    Thanks for dropping by dear^_^

  5. Wow! Beautiful painting postcard. I love to eat balut once in a while. I miss it and I've never eaten balut for 4 years now,

  6. I can certainly understand why so many people love this card. It is gorgeous. Love the combination with the stamps. It would be well worth a trip to try and get some of them.

  7. I love Philippine art postcards! :-)

  8. Another well loved card amongst the ones that I sent is the 'Prayer Before Meal' also by Manansala. Praises for the Filipino artists.

    Happy postcrossing.