Mr. Norlando Pobre, Swiss-based Filipino artist from St. Gallen, presented a painting of Gen. Antonio Luna at the Philippine Embassy on 04 December 2016.  The painting was done in acrylic measuring 55 x 65 cm. and is now being displayed in the Chancery’s reception area.


Mr. Pobre chose Gen. Luna as subject to provide inspiration to overseas Filipinos, especially to his fellow kababayans in Switzerland.  Gen. Antonio Luna as a young man of science finished his studies in Spain, and then studied military science in Belgium, to become a hero who showed great love for his country.


An artist with mastery of various media, Mr. Pobre first trained as an apprentice comics illustrator under National Artist Francisco V. Coching.  Today, Mr. Pobre’s art repertoires range from portraits, landscapes, abstracts and contemporary art.  He is also a sculptor and has won various art competitions in the Philippines.


Mr. Pobre is a native of Alcala, Pangasinan and grew up in South Cotabato.  He is among the Swiss-based Filipino artists who will exhibit their artworks to mark the 60th Anniversary of Philippine-Swiss Diplomatic Relations in 2017.



Amb. Jimeno receives the painting of Gen. Antonio Luna from Swiss-based Filipino artist Norlando Pobre.