Portrait of Don Jose Leon Y Santos
- Museo De La Salle, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
Jose Leon y Santos was the second son of Don Francisco Paula de los Santos, Gobernadorcillo of the qremio de mestizos of Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines in 1821 and again in 1824, and Doña Luisa Gonzaga de Leon. Jose Leon y Santos was baptized by Padre Don Esteban Vergara on April 3, 1825. On January 25, 1851, he married Doña Arcadia Joven y Suarez with whom he had a son, Mariano. Upon the death of Doña Arcadia, Don Jose married her sister, Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez with whom he had seven other children, namely Juana, Gregorio, Tranquilino, Maria, Josefa, Fulgencio, and Luisa. Continuing the political tradition of the family, Don Jose Leon y Santos became the Gobernadorcillo of Bacolor in 1857.
The oil portrait was painted by Simon Flores y de la Rosa, the eminent nineteenth century Filipino master in August 1887 when the subject was 59 years old.
The master painter Simon Flores y Dela Rosa was the first Filipino painter to win an international award, La Musicadel Pueblo at the Philadelpia Universal Exposition of 1876. His detailed rendering of portraits pay homage to the Filipino 19th century barongs, baro’t saya, and terno sewn delicately from piña cloth.
The oil portrait painting was lent to the Museo De La Salle through the efforts of the Executive Director Jose Ma Ricardo A Panlilio, scion of the Santos-Joven Panlilio family of Bacolor, Pampanga.