Yesterday I went to visit the family home of Carlos "Botong" Francisco--National Artist for Visual Arts and one of the greatest painters and muralists the Philippines has ever produced--in Angono, Rizal. We're doing a book on Botong under our Arte Filipino imprint, which publishes compact volumes on the lives and works of master Filipino artists. I came to Angono with our managing editor Chris, Patrick Flores (editor of the book and noted art critic and scholar), and Danilo Reyes, who is writing the biographical essay on Botong for the book. We met Carlos Francisco II (or Totong), grandson of the artist, and Salvador Juban, his apprentice. The only son Rodolfo Francisco wasn't able to come for our scheduled appointment, but Chris hopes to interview him when he returns with a photographer this week to photograph the memorabilia, press clippings and pictures belonging to the family and to Juban.