Portrait of Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez
- Museo De La Salle, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez was the daughter of Don Juan Joven and Doña Geronima Suarez y de Jesus and younger sister of Doña Arcadia Joven y Suarez. Doña Ramona was the second wife of Don Jose Leon y Santos. They were married on January 7, 1855 in Bacolor, Pampanga and had seven children namely Juana, Gregorio, Tranquilino, Maria, Josefa, Fulgencio, and Luisa. Her daughter Juana was the first wife of Don Domingo Panlilio y Paguiu and upon Juana’s death, Don Domingo married a younger sister, Doña Josefa Joven Leon y Santos.
The oil portrait was painted by Simon Flores y de la Rosa, the eminent nineteenth century Filipino Master in August 1882 when the subject was 45 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.