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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.

This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Fernando Amorsolo - Biography and Paintings of the Philippines' First National Artist in Painting

Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (May 30, 1892 – April 24, 1972) is one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural Philippine landscapes. He is popularly known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light. Born in Paco, Manila, he earned a degree from the Liceo de Manila Art School in 1909.

Fernando Amorsolo, Self-portrait

He is the Philippines' first National Artist in Painting (1972), the so-called "Grand Old Man of Philippine Art", Amorsolo earned a degree from the Liceo de Manila Art School in 1909 and entered the University of the Philippines' (UP) School of Fine Arts. He graduated with honors from the UP in 1914 and got study grant in Madrid, Spain. He was also able to visit New York, where he encountered postwar impressionism and cubism, which would be major influences on his work. The following are just a few of Amorsolo's work.

Fernando Amorsolo became popular because of his illuminated landscapes and his historical paintings on which you can see the real reflection of the Filipino soul.

Here are some of Fernando Amorsolo's work.

Fernando Amorsolo, Village Scene, 1947
Village Scene, 1947

Fernando Amorsolo, View of Bataan from Manila Bay
View of Bataan from Manila Bay

Fernando Amorsolo, Unloading the Day's Catch
Unloading the Day's Catch

Fernando Amorsolo was known to be an excellent sketch artist as well as a peerless master of light and color. He had a signature technique by backlighting his subjects and then gently shading them when nuanced color tones and haloing them with incandescent golden glow.

Fernando Amorsolo, Under the Mango Tree
Under the Mango Tree

Fernando Amorsolo, The Harvesters
The Harvesters

Fernando Amorsolo, Sunday Morning in the Poblacion
Sunday Morning in the Poblacion

Fernando Amorsolo  - Sibul River, Zamboanga Del Sur
Sibul River, Zamboanga Del Sur
As you can see, most of his paintings potrayed the Filipino culture, tradition and customs like the Filipino Fiestas.

Fernando Amorsolo - Tinikling in Barrio, 1951
Tinikling in Barrio, 1951

Fernando Amorsolo, The Tinikling
The Tinikling

Fernando Amorsolo - Seascape

Fernando Amorsolo - Rice Planting
Rice Planting (1922)
His "Rice Planting" (1922), which appeared on posters and tourist brochures, became one of the most popular images of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.

Fernando Amorsolo - Noontime Meal
Noontime Meal

Fernando Amorsolo - Marketplace Before Church
Marketplace Before a Church

Fernando Amorsolo - Girl Washing In The River
Girl Washing In The River

Fernando Amorsolo - Family Gathering Fruit
Family Gathering Fruit
On November 30, 2009, the Family Gathering Fruit sold for USD 77,257 at Christie's.

Fernando Amorsolo - Confeccion De La Standarte Nacional
Confeccion De La Standarte Nacional (The Making of the Philippine Flag)

Fernando Amorsolo - Workers In The Field
Workers In The Field

Fernando Amorsolo - Lavandera

Fernando Amorsolo - Afternoon meal of the rice workers, 1951
Afternoon meal of the rice workers, 1951, oil on canvas.
Won first prize at the New York World's Fair.

Fernando Amorsolo - Lavandera 2
Lavandera 2

Throughout his life Fernando Amorsolo worked as an instructor, a draftsman for the Public Works, chief artist for the Pacific Commercial Company, illustrator for children's books and magazines, and served as Director at the School of Fine Arts before he retired in the early 1950s.

In the twilight years of his life, Amorsolo continued painting through declining health. He was married twice and had 13 children before a heart attack eventually took his life on April 24, 1972.

Fernando Amorsolo - Man with a cockerel, oil on board 1938
Man with a cockerel, oil on board, 1938

Fernando Amorsolo - Nude Girl 2 1940
Nude Girl, 1940

Fernando Amorsolo - Nude Girl 1960
Nude Girl, 1960

Fernando Amorsolo - Washing scene 1953
Washing scene, 1953

Fernando Amorsolo - Water Carrier, oil on Board, 1937
Water carrier, oil on Board, 1937

What do you think of Armosolo's work? I find them to have a calming effect and quite interesting to see the lives of the Filipino people in the old days.

What are you thoughts on his work? Feel free to comment below.


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