At the epic center of the majestic and romantic Pageant of Commerce (1956) by National Artist Botong Francisco is the humble alkansya (penny bank) through which the quiet labors, dreams and hopes of the Filipino family are focused and sustained, against the backdrop of history and allegory of commercial enterprise and economic progress.

Manila, Philippines hosts the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) from 18 to 19 November 2015.

Carlos Francisco
Pageant of Commerce (1956)
Oil on canvas, 365.8 x 731.5 cm.
Lopez Museum & Library Collection