‘Passing on the Torch’ exhibit gathers 3 generations of Herbosas

Three generations (from left) Elaine Ongpin Herbosa, Mia Herbosa, Lana Agoncillo, and Nina Herbosa
MANILA — When Elaine Ongpin Herbosa and her husband were in Paris, France some years back, their retirement home was being built somewhere in the south of Metro Manila.
“I wanted our home to be colorful, happy and still see rainbows in our retirement years,” Herbosa told ABS-CBN News. “I asked the waiter what rainbow was in French and he obligingly wrote it on a napkin – L’arc en ciel. That was the birth of my new world.”
Throwing the towel as a stock market broker became an easy option for Herbosa in 2002. “The stock market was bearish during that time when I decided to resume art, which was in the back seat of my life then,” she shared.
“Also, it was like a baptism of fire when I had to create my gallery to accommodate [daughter] Mia’s grand show when she got the MacDowell grant from her school”
Herbosa, who counts Bobby and Jimmy Ongpin as her esteemed brothers, has two children. Alfonso is the eldest, while Mia is her younger daughter.
The adjacent building across the courtyard of their house became the permanent site for the private art gallery, which Herbosa called L’arc en ciel.
“In the year 2000, Mia won the biggest award at The Art Students’ League of New York – the Edward MacDowell grant,” Herbosa said. “Holding three certificates each covering four years in painting, lithography and sculpture, she was given a grant to travel to 27 art capitals in Europe, widening her vast knowledge in art.”

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