Top 100 Lifestyle Cebuano Personalities:Martino Abellana
(The Freeman) - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Martino Abellana, also known as "Noy Tinong" to people close to him, was a renowned Cebuano painter from Carcar, south of Cebu province. Dubbed "The Dean of Cebuano Painters," he was born to an artistic family. His main influence was his father, who was a school principal and a sculptor. Martino, along with his four brothers, including renowned sculptor and composer Dr. Ramon Abellana, were exposed to art early, and they helped their father with his sculptures.

The young Martino pursued a career in the arts, finishing his formal art education at the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines Manila. Among his teachers were the famous masters Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino. As an undergraduate, he helped his brother Ramon conceptualize the famous Carcar landmark, "Rotunda," by making sketches.

Martino Abellana lived, worked and taught in Cebu, despite graduating with his degree in Fine Arts in Manila. He facilitated the local development of art in Cebu together with his contemporary painter and friend Professor Julian Jumalon, and helped found the Fine Arts program at University of the Philippines College Cebu, where he left his greatest legacy by influencing an entire generation of Cebuano painters.


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