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New book release announcement! Virtual launch of the #NationalMuseumPH's Treasures of Philippine Art publication "The Basi Revolt by Esteban Villanueva" to commemorate the 213th anniversary of the uprising in Ilocos. This publication is in three languages - English, Filipino, and Iloko/Ilokano - and is available and readable for those who are visually impaired. As we remember today the 213th year of the Basi Revolt (1807) in Ilocos, we are launching this digital version of th e second series of our Art History and Conservation monograph focusing on The Basi Revolt paintings and the role of basi, an alcoholic beverage from fermented sugarcane, in shaping and expressing the cultural heritage and identity of the Ilocano through ethnographic materials associated with traditional drink and its customs. The fourteen oil paintings on canvas have been attributed to Esteban Pichay Villanueva (1797-1878), an Ilocano mestizo from Vigan. In recognition of their outstanding significance to the nation, the paintings were declared as National Cultural Treasure in 2009. From 2011 to 2014, they were examined, conserved, restored, and studied further in Manila and eventually returned and exhibited at the Old Carcel in the NMP Ilocos Regional Museum in Vigan City in 2015. This publication includes the following chapters: A Historical Appraisal of The Basi Revolt and Ilocano heritage, complementing the exhibition texts at the NMP Ilocos Regional Museum in Vigan by Jenny Ruth M. Cano, Maria Lourdes I. Ingel, Erika C. Robis, and Marites P. Tauro; the outcome of both historical and physical examinations of the paintings by Nicole A. Tse, Research Associate of the NMP and Conservation Researcher at the Grimwade Center for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne with Roberto A. Balarbar and Raymundo Esguerra, NMP Conservators; and, the results of the image analysis and digital scanning of the paintings by Phoebe Gallanosa and Maricor Soriano, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Physics of the University of the Philippines. Closeup images of the fourteen paintings, as well as the index of the 72 Ilocano material culture included in the Containing the Cultural World of Basi exhibition at the NM Ilocos Regional Museum Complex, are also part of the monograph. For free access, please click on this link or copy and paste it on your search engine: https://bit.ly/3hBkzOU . The #NationalMuseumPH gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals and institutions in our reappraisal of the paintings and the publication of The Basi Revolt: The Province of Ilocos Sur, Hon. Luis C. Singson, Hon. Ryan Luis V. Singson, Hon. Deogracias Victor B. Savellano, The Ilocos Sur Historical and Cultural Foundation, Inc., Mrs. Carmeling Crisologo, Ms. Eliza Agabin, Ms. Maria Lourdes I. Ingel, Nicole A. Tse, PhD, and Maricor N. Soriano, PhD. #MuseumFromHome © National Museum of the Philippines (2020)

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