A Negrense In The Midst of National Artists : Larry Tronco

MANILA, Philippines - This comes from a Facebook post by advertising guy, Lloyd Tronco.  It is all about a Negrense artist who most Negrenses have little knowledge of.  The Facebook post goes :

My Father The Artist.

Leading up to Father's Day, let me tell you about my father, the artist. He came from a town called Kabankalan, in Negros Island (the Sweet Spot of the Philippines). He went to Manila to study Fine Arts in UP Manila. He belonged to the illustrious class of Larry Alcala, Jose Joya, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Pitoy Moreno, Juvy Sanso, et. al. In the second year, UP Fine Arts moved to its new campus in Diliman. Dad felt Quezon City was too far. With this, he moved to the University of Sto. Tomas

While at the UST, he was sent on a scholarship to Spain with two other artists, Cesar Legaspi, and Arturo Luz. They all studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where Juan Luna also studied.
Larry Tronco and Cesar Legaspi in Madrid
Coming back to the Philippines after that scholarship, he took on a teaching post at the University of Sto. Tomas, where National Artist Victorio Edades was dean. His other friend at that time who became a National Artist was Jerry Navarro.
UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts Faculty.
Today, anywhere I go, if I meet an artist from the 1950s to about the early 1980s, a lot of them know about my late dad and in fact could have been their students.

As mentioned, he was surrounded by men who became National Artists. Both his Spain buddies Legaspi and Luz earned it. Could Larry Tronco have become a National Artist too? I think he could. Why he did not is another story.


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Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.