RUSTAN’S has relaunched the two-volume coffee table book set, Amorsolo: Love & Passion, featuring the landscapes and portraits done by one of the country’s most celebrated National Artists, Fernando C. Amorsolo.

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Retailing at P12,000 for two volumes, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Erwin Piedad Cabanag Adult Leukemia Ministries (EPCALM), a nonprofit organization that reaches out to leukemia patients and their families.

“The book is even better than going to the museum,” said Mr. Amorsolo’s daughter, Sylvia

Amorsolo-Lazo, during the book relaunch at Rustan’s on July 25.

arts 1 080117He was a prolific painter, she said, remembering that her father would work on four paintings almost simultaneously. It is not surprising then that he has a massive oeuvre.

Volume 1 of the set, called Portraits, is composed of 309 paintings and photos of prominent figures including then Senate President Manuel L. Quezon, General Douglas MacArthur, and Enrique Zobel de Ayala, among others. Volume 2, called Landscapes & Other Works, includes 193 paintings of the rural Philippines, of washerwomen and farmers, and panoramic views of the countryside. His extensive and iconic landscapes helped form what is the Filipino identity and nationhood.

The book was first launched at Crowne Plaza Hotel in May. — Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman