05 February, 2011

M146-85: Philippine International Convention Center Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x6"
Postcard Type: View card with brown border
Printed by: JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City

Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the stunning main lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Seen as well in the postcard are the chandeliers and the grand staircase. The chandeliers are made of metal tubes in varying lengths with light bulbs at the end. Numerous paintings can also be seen across the hallways, paintings of Jose Joya, Ang Kiukok and Manuel Baldemor.

M146-85: Philippine International Convention Center Postcard

If you look closer at the bottom of the chandeliers near the staircase, there are two portrait paintings - those of then-President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos (the portrait below). I was able to find online "the" Imelda's painting (or a reproduction perhaps) but not that of the late president. The portrait (288.53 cm x 171.45 cm) was done in 1977 by Basuki Abdullah, an Indonesian painter.

Imelda Marcos Portrait

The convention center, with more than 70,000 square meters of floor area, was designed by Leandro Locsin and was built on a reclaimed land. The construction started in November 1974 and was finished in 1976 in time for the opening of the 1976 World Bank-International Monetary Fund meeting on September 5th.

The Philippine International Convention Center is Asia’s first international convention center.

Philippine International Convention Center

SOURCES:
Living la Vida Imelda
Museum of the Filipino People
Philippine International Convention Center Wikipedia Entry
Philippine International Convention Center Website

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