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LOOK: Pope and Pinoy celebrities starred in a viral painting

Days before Papal visit, an obra painting featuring Pope Francis with stars such as Marian Rivera, Vilma Santos, and Kris Aquino is circling around Facebook.

The image was posted on Rivera’s official Facebook page on Saturday.

The motivational visual artist Dante Hipolita is the man behind this artistic creation. The painting is titled “Salubong”. A distinct style of vibrant rural realism, it follows Pope Francis’ didactic intentions, as what the photo caption says.

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In the 29″x24″ oil on canvas painting, aside from Pope, Rivera, Santos, and Aquino, the impressive art higlights dominant and well known celebrities like Dingdong Dantes, Coco Martin, Senator Grace Poe and Gary Valenciano, who are all costumed as country people in the festive welcome.

In an ambiance of rural peace and prosperity, the distinctive painter shows Batangas Governor Vilma Santos led the simple papal welcome.

“Sa akin bilang artist, nagsisilbi si Pope Francis as inspiration,” Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto said in an interview with Philstar.com. “Bukod sa respeto sa religion, napakalawak ng pag-iisip at pang-unawa niya para subuking intindihin ang totoong buhay ng tao lalo na sa modernong panahon!”

As of 11:40 today, the photo has 126, 939 likes and 3,133 shares.


People can take a sight of Salubong as it will be displayed at ARTIleadoff 2015 group show from January 25 to February 20 at Galeria de las Islas of the Silahis Center, Luna St. Intramuros, Manila.

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