Lipa City – Eight paintings depicting the historical milestones of Lipa City were unveiled last October 16, Monday at SM City Lipa. The milestones included the coming of the Bornean Datus in the 13th century, followed by the coming of Spaniards in the 1500s, the catastrophic eruption of Taal Volcano, the Golden Coffee Years of Lipa, the American Regime, World War II, cityhood of Lipa and the modern day Lipa City.
The paintings were voluntarily rendered by visual artists Joseph Albao, Janina Sanico, Ravenald dela Cruz, Rex Tatlonghari, Mone Luz, Reynaldo Bautista, Robert Tiaño and JR Padilla respectively.
On the other hand, historical information on each era was written by former history professor Mr. Rex Raymond Torrecampo. These notes are also in display alongside each painting, giving the spectator enlightening views on the struggles and triumphs of Lipa City.
Lipa History on Canvass Art Exhibit is part of the weeklong celebration of Kapeng Barako Festival. The festival commemorates the time when then Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Spain declared on October 21, 1887 that Lipa be called “Villa de Lipa” for the place being so rich because of its coffee production.