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Ricarte Maramba Puruganan

Ricarte Maramba Puruganan, a multi-awarded painter, is the first Filipino who had undertaken research on ethnic folk art which was presented in his two books, "Non-Christian Folk Arts of the Philippines" and "Folk Art, the Thread to National Art".
In 1936, he graduated from the U.P. School of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas in 1941. Appointed to the faculty, he was one of the five founding members of the UST School of Fine Arts, now College of Architecture and Fine Arts. He rose from the rank of
instructor to that of associate professor until he left the University in 1950.
He had won in various art contests like gold medal at the 1st landscaping Competition in 1935; 1st prize in the 1st National Art Contest in 1943. In 1951 Puruganan was elected as one of the 24 "Leading Filipino Artists". Two of his works were selected by U.S. Museum Director David Ka-mansky, in Pasadena, California, as part of the 70 pieces representing 100 years of Philippine Painting exhibited during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.
In 1992, in celebration of the 421st Foundation of the city of Manila, he was chosen by the Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs as the Araw ng Maynila featured artist in a one man exhibit entitled the "Parangal kay Rajah Soliman" at the Manila Museum for Arts.
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  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards
    Grand Alumni Homecoming '93 and Award Ceremonies Souvenir Program
    March 7, 1993, Rigodon Ballroom, Peninsula Manila Hotel
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