The Most Reverend Leonardo Z. Legaspi, Archbishop of Caceres has called him the Painter of Ina because of the many works he has done in honor of Our Lady of Penafrancia, the Patroness of the Bicol Region.
Known internationally as a stained glass artist and mural painter, Pancho Piano has hundreds of works focusing on Bicolano traditions, especially the devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia. In his hometown in Naga, these include the stained glass ceilings of the Penafrancia Basilica Jubilee Pavilion, as well as stained glass windows for the Adoration Chapel of the Basilica Minore, the outdoor chapel of the Penafrancia Shrine, stained glass installations at the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace.
His religious paintings and stained glass work can also be seen in churches around the Philippines like the St. Gregory Cathedral in Legaspi City, the Virac Cathedral in Catanduanes, the Masbate Cathedral, the Bishop’s Residence in Pasig City, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Annunciation in Quezon City. He also has mural paintings depicting the history, culture, and mythology of Bicol, which can be found in government buildings in the region.
Pancho has gone a long way from the struggling young artist, who after finishing his Economics Degree at the University of Nueva Caceres and working on commercial paintings and illustrations for local publications, was recommended by the late National Artist Jose Joya as his scholar at the University of the Philippines College of Fine arts in Quezon City. This invaluable training honed and refined his skills, leading him to top the list of UP based artists to train in German leather art making.
He wants to give back and share his talent so h//e spends his time mentoring younger artists in a group he organize- the Salingoy Art Group, an organization of Bicol-based artists; and Bicol Expression, a group of Manila-based artists whose roots originate from Bicol. He also organizes various solo art shows, counting to 50 shows to date.
Currently, he is exhibiting “Hagod” in Okada until June 23. His upcoming exhibit dubbed as “Merging of Colors” opens at the SM Aura on June 21. It also features over 200 group shows, locally and overseas.