Remembering Perfecto Mercado

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Sunday, May 29, 2011


THE tribute for the late master artist Perfecto Mercado over the weekend was splendidly successful with close to a hundred spectators and fellow artists showing up for the event, which was held at the main gallery of the Museo Ning Angeles.

Aptly named “Paninap: A tribute to the Dreamscapist Perfecto S. Mercado”, the event was a gathering of sorts. The exhibit featured the best artworks of Mercado since he started painting. Works ranged from his first paintings of still life themes, to his abstracts, which are great specimens of divine art tampered by time.

Mercado was able to continue painting despite suffering from a first stroke. His works are now in the galleries of schools and in the homes of private collectors. Mercado was even able to show his works in a host of art exhibits even reaching as far as Cebu. But alas, as fate would have it, Mercado passed away last March 30.

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His death was something that was deeply felt by the local art community. Like a great light that suddenly ran out, Mercado will surely be missed in the regular gathering of artists in Pampanga. A native of Capas, Tarlac, Mercado is a Kapampangan that was deeply concerned with the local art scene.

Friends and supporters showed their support during the exhibit with stories about the late artist shared over a sumptuous meal. Local artists Rem Prin, Andy Ramos, Reynaldo Gatmaitan, Edgar Nucum and Don De Dios were just a few of the local artists who made the night equally star-studded. The video presentation of the life and works of the late artist was one of the highlights of the exhibit.

Presidential Medal of Merit awardee Maestro Willie Layug also took time away from his busy schedule to attend the event which he said is a fitting tribute for the late artist. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan also graced the event and expressed his unending support for local artists.

Arnold Mercado, the late artist's son, thanked all those who attended the event. “Our father had lived a full life, though his journey was cut short by his recent demise,” he said.

All of us who attended the event couldn’t help but affirm that Mercado was indeed one of kind and his memory will surely live on through his magnificent art works.

Mercado's works are still on exhibit at the Mueo Ning Angeles until June 10.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 30, 2011.

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