This Talented Cebuano Artist Paints Magnificent Historical Paintings

Traditional painting may be rare nowadays, but there are still those who preserve this kind of art.
posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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With the rise of digital art, expressing art through traditional means have been more uncommon nowadays.

Meet Manuel Pañares, a talented Cebuano artist who creates masterpieces depicting Philippine history, especially the colorful days of pre-Hispanic and colonial Cebu.

has gone into the painting of the history of Cebu as a call of his time. He feels that a definitive visual representation of its history has to be done so that Cebuanos and all who would need to know more about the mores and tradition as described by writers could also be seen and understood in the painting.

You can visit his here and his here.

Here are some of his artworks depicting scenes from historical Cebu:

Arrival of Magellan in Cebu

Manuel Pañares

Magellan’s expedition was welcomed by Rajah Humabon and his followers who were baptised into the Roman Catholic faith.

Trading at Port of Sugbo

Manuel Pañares

Chinese, Anamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Europeans and Arabs entered and traded at the Cebu Port.

Manuel Pañares via Karaang Sugbo facebook page

Gold, cotton and slaves were bartered in exchange of silk, porcelain beads, and other metals. Traders paid tribute to the King of Cebu.

Baptism of 800 Cebu Natives

Manuel Pañares via Karaang Sugbo facebook page

Baptims of 800 natives with Humabon becoming King Carlos, and Humamay becoming Queen Juana after the Queen mother of Spain. Start of formal Christianity in Asia circa 1521.

Finding of the Sto. Niño

Manuel Pañares

Kaplag, 1565, the year of the finding of the Sto. Niño image by Spanish soldier Juan Camus of the Miguel Lopez expedition. The Sto. Niño was found in a wooden chest, believed to have survived 44 years after the Holy Child was given to Queen Juana on her baptism.

Lapu-Lapu, a Filipino hero

Manuel Pañares

Lapu-Lapu was a ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted Spanish colonization. He was also responsible for the death of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Ferdinand Magellan

Manuel Pañares

Explorer Ferdinand Magellan, with the support of King Charles V of Spain, set out to circumnavigate the globe. He assembled a fleet of ships and despite huge setbacks, his own death included, proved that the world is round.

Antonio Pigafetta

Manuel Pañares

Antonio Pigafetta is the chronicler in Magellan’s expedition. He wrote detailed accounts of the 1521 period of the Philippines such the blood compact between Magellan and the chieftains of Visayas, the baptism of Queen Juana, the gift of the Holy Child and even the language and manners of the natives of this period.

Much of our country’s history is based on his accounts.

Rajah Humabon

Manuel Pañares

 was the Rajah of Cebu at the time of Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan’s arrival in the Philippines in 1521.

Baptism of Queen Juana

Manuel Pañares via

was the wife of Raja Humabon who took the Christian name ‘Juana’ after her baptism. Antonio Pigafetta personally presented the Sto. Niño image to her as a symbol of the alliance.

The Battle of Mactan

Manuel Pañares

The Battle of Mactan, a battle where the natives fought armed only with indigenous weapons – poisoned spears, bows and arrows, and swords called kampilan, against the European force lead by Magellan equipped with metal armour, cannons and rifle. This historic battle happened on April 27, 1521.

This painting was used a a part of the Kali-Arnis feature by the South East Asian Edition of the Discovery Channel Magazine, it’s second edition for 2008.

Don Vicente Rama

Manuel Pañares

is a Cebuano member of the House of Representatives who authored the bill converting the municipality of Cebu to Cebu City. He is also the grandfather of the current mayor of Cebu City, Mayor Michael Rama.

It’s good from time to time to get out of our computers and visit a museum or art exhibits. Museo Sugbo anyone?