If you look closely enough at one of the murals of the San Beda Chapel in Mendiola, Manila, you will notice a painting that bears the images of Philippine political icons Ninoy and Cory Aquino.
This is the masterpiece of Italian painter Francesco Giannini, who spent three years to create this mural, which was done in Italy and shipped to the Philippines.
Signore Francesco hired three Italian painters to help him create the mural, which makes use of pastel as the medium.
The grand mural is composed of seven panels of jute canvas measuring 126 square meters.
It adorns the San Beda Chapel or the Abbey Church of Our Lady of Montserrat on Mendiola Street in San Miguel, Manila.
Former President Cory is depicted wearing her trademark yellow top, while slain political leader Ninoy is depicted wearing his trademark glasses and a green collared shirt.
They are situated in a long table featuring images of Saints Pedro Calungsod and Lorenzo Ruiz, among others.
According to Fr. Aelred Nilo, who served as Signore Francesco’s interpreter, they added Cory and Ninoy to add a social component to his religious mural.
"It was a choice to paint this religious theme, but with a social component.
"I don't know the situation in the Philippines or life in the Philippines.
"I gave importance to Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino to give social dimension to this religious painting, because Ninoy Aquino is a political martyr.
"To represent the social situation in the Philippines, we also put Ninoy Aquino because he is a Bedan alumni.
"Cory Aquino was made an honorary alumna of San Beda."
It was in 2006 when Fr. Aelred Nilo met Signore Francesco.
Fr. Nilo was then serving as chaplain of the nuns while taking his summer break from his Monastic Studies at the Ateneo Sant'Anselmo in Rome.
When Signore Francesco visited Manila, Fr. Aelred persuaded him to do the Benedictine Story in the Philippine Islands.
The massive painting is a fusion of spirituality, artistry, and history to which Signore Francesco employed his trademark palette of earthy oranges and celestial blues and neo-Impressionist style.
Signore Francesco studied art at the Higher School of Art in the Sforzesco Castle in Milan under the tutelage of Professors Beltrame, Alfredo Mantica, and Gino Moro; completing his artistic formation at the Art Academy of Brera, Milan.
In 1980, he was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts and Graphic Art in Pisa.
He is a member of the Permanent Society of Fine Arts in both Milan and Verona.
When asked if he is willing to give a painting of Cory and Ninoy to the Aquino children, Signore Francesco says he can give a copy to President "Noynoy" Aquino, Pinky, Viel, and Kris.
From January 13-19, 2014, a week-long exhibit featuring the distinguished works of Francesco Giannini will be on display and for sale at the Showcase Area, Bldg. A of SM Megamall in Ortigas.
The exhibit opens on January 13 at 10:30 A.M. and will be graced by the Italian painter himself.