Sunday, October 12, 2014


Jef’s collectors, Ma’am Rose and Sir Tony Paner who came all the way from Muntinlupa City, went up to Baguio for the weekend to celebrate their Silver wedding anniversary. Last Saturday, we met at the Baguio Country Club and after a short snack we accompanied them to Bencab Museum along Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet, a 20-minute drive from the city center.

Last year, they acquired two of Jef’s paintings, "Taraw" (Star) and "Solemn" and were very happy with their collection that they expressed their desire to acquire more of Jef’s pieces to fill the remaining blank spaces on their house walls.

“Solemn” | 60” x 48” | Oil on canvas | 2013.
Taraw” (Star) | 60” x 48” | Oil on canvas | 2013.

“Solemn” and “Taraw", framed and displayed at their guest room. They told us how much their house guests admired Jef’s artistry. Photo courtesy of Ma'am Rose Paner.

We met and had snacks at the Baguio Country Club in the morning.

Jef’s early work, “Chinamuy” (Festive Season), 32” x 48”, oil on canvas, 2001, displayed at Bencab Museum. Sir Tony immediately recognized Jef's work from a selection of works displayed in the gallery, adding that Jef's style is so unique he can readily identify it even from afar.

National Artist, Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera was at his museum that day so we were lucky to have a picture taken with him.

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Paner for supporting Jef's art and for the business advices you shared, which we will surely keep in mind as Jef moves forward with his career. Jef and I, are both glad to have met such kind people like you.