Angel Cacnio Profile

Angel C. Cacnio, preeminent Malabon artist
In a fitting conclusion to “art week” of my discovery tour of Malabon, I visited Mr. ANGEL CACNIO and his gracious wife Mrs. Mely Cacnio in their beautiful home in Barangay Hulong Duhat.
Mr. CACNIO is known for his chronicles of Philippine heritage – historical events, heroic deeds, Filipino legends, traditions and values. He also paints people and scenes from his hometown Malabon that immediately evoke feelings of nostalgia in townmates. His deft strokes are brilliant and bold – leaving no doubt in the viewer’s mind about the passion that the artist suffuses into his work.
ANGEL CACNIO was born in Malabon on June 6, 1931, the youngest of eight children of Flaviano Cacnio and Telespora Cruz. Angel showed his creative inclination when he was still small, as he liked to play with mud and molding the mud into artistic shapes. Being the most sickly of the brood, he could not help much in his father’s line of work – fishing – which may have led him even more to pursue his talent in art.
He graduated in 1954 with a Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines.
In 1953 his painting “Tatlong Sabungero” won first prize at the Third Shell National Student’s Art Competition. “The Capture of Mabini” won the Apolinario Mabini Centennial Art Competition in 1964. He won prizes in the coin design contest of the Central Bank and his designs were used for the 25 and 50-centavo coins circulated in 1982-1983. He also designed the 20-peso and 100-peso bills that are still in circulation. He has garnered more recognition over the years here and abroad for his creative work.
In the later years of Martial Law, he was commissioned to design the new 500-peso bill that would have had the image of then-President Ferdinand Marcos. But when the EDSA Revolution took place and Cory Aquino became president, the image placed on the 500-peso bill became that of Ninoy Aquino. CACNIO’s design, which was not chosen, would have been more colorful.
CACNIO was a Gintong Parangal ng Malabon awardee for art in 1981, and a Gintong Ama Awardee for Arts and Culture in 1996, among other awards and recognition. His current involvements include the Sining Tambobong Foundation, Malabon Tourism, the Tuesday Group of Artist which he co-founded, and the Iglesia ng Diyos (NPB) kay Cristo Jesus.
He has been married to Amelia Reyes Cacnio since 1959 and they have four children: Ferdinand, Mabini, Michelle Pilar, and Michael Allen. Ferdinand and Michael are both artists who specialize in brass sculpture.
The CACNIO residence is a gallery/museum not only for his work but also for those of his sons. Mrs. Cacnio also has her own collection of paintings by other Malabon artists.