Elito Circa

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Elito "Amangpintor" Circa
Born Elito Villaflor Circa
(1970-01-28) January 28, 1970 (age 44)
Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Education No formal education in painting
Known for Hair and Blood Folk Painter
Notable work(s) Blood painting of Manny Pacquio, Pantabangan History Mural
Awards Folk Artist of Pantabangan

Elito Villaflor Circa (born January 28, 1970), better known as "Amangpintor",[1] is a famous Filipino painter[2] and internationally recognized folk Artist,[3] acclaimed for his indigenous human hair and blood medium for paintings[4] with mythologism and mythicalism subject matters. He has been noted as "First Hair and Blood painter” of his generation and known for his signature subject of Legend of Minggan.[1] He also popularized Hand Painting performances done within five (5) to ten (10) minutes in a canvas of 432 square inches using the three (3) primary colors.

Early life and education[edit]

Amangpintor was born to Juan Circa and Josefina Villaflor in the old town of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines on January 28, 1970. He was the youngest of seven children. His education was ensured through a scholarship from World Vision Foundation Inc.[5] under poster parents Cynthia and Leigh Brown from Perth, Australia who supported his studies all the way through secondary school (awarded Artist of the Year) until he graduated at the Central Luzon State University with a degree in Elementary Education.

Amangpintor has no formal training in painting.[3] He started drawing, using charcoals from the stove in their kitchen, on the walls of their house in Pantabangan town while he was six years old. Estimated 600 works of arts since 1980, which he gave to some of his teachers, friends and neighbors during that time. He also painted a series of 15 paintings for the “Legend of Minggan” which depicted the courtship of the giant “Minggan” to “Mariang Sinukuan” who was supposed to be dwelling in Mount Arayat. Amangpintor also made a series of paintings about the place of his birth, depicted about the evacuation of the residents of Pantabangan when their town was about to be submerged by Pantabangan Dam.


In 1978, Amangpintor won a children’s contest sponsored by DZRH radio for his depiction of Zimatar and Tagani, widely popular fantasy folk heroes whose adventures were serialized on air at that time.

In 1998, Amangpintor has been seven years Board Chairman of the Samahang Makasining(Artist Club), Inc. National Level a tourism Adviser of Pantabangan local Government Unit, Visual Arts Chairman of Association of Nueva Ecija Artist group project of Provincial Governor's Office.

In 2007, Amangpintor awarded and recognized by his home town as Pantabangan Folk Painter.

In 2009, Amangpintor recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as first Filipino hair and blood painter and feature him on NBN TV4 episode title "Sining Gising".

As an artist[edit]

Amangpintor's artistic inclination was encouraged by his father, a carpenter who bought him his first painting materials.

In 1992 Amangpintor started to paint "Lukso ng Dugo" (Filipino term) he uses his blood as medium for some of his painting and incorporates his hair in capturing on the canvass images of human persons or nature’s view, one who possesses the characteristics of truth in himself and he who refrains from colonialism in thoughts and materials. Combined with the philosophy of the painter who molded his thoughts and well-being, he is able to build self-confidence and self-esteem since his childhood.

"Lukso ng Dugo"—when a loved one left a family and have not seen each other for a long time, and an unexplainable feeling of happiness when they see each other again. This is a basis that the blood connects the family and the mutual feelings in this situation.

First Filipino artist uses own blood as paint and hairs as brushes and mix it with paint to have an effects on canvas. He believed in reincarnation, which he will be reborn and recognize his paintings. But even if blood is not used in painting his subject, he always signs his name in his work of art with his own blood. The significance of his works connect arts and sciences principles through DNA (the Hair and Blood) as authenticity and also his unique spiritual beliefs especially in God.

His works were feature in the different TV station in the Philippines and earlier at Ripley's Believe It or Not.[6]

He also known for actual hand painting performance of nature view. Using four colors (Red, Yellow, Blue and white) on a 24 X 26 inches canvas, he will be finished the painting for almost 5 to 10 minutes. Amangintor, always invited to perform in different events and occasions like provincial, town, school, university and agency foundations even in wedding and birthday.

Amangpintor as a writer: One of the popular written articles of Amangpintor that gives significance to the history of his town is the Legend of Minggan noted as “Sulat babala ng panahon sa bayan” in filipino. He relates the story of Minggan to the actual history relocation of submerged old town in 1973. Based on his article, giant Minggan returned in 1973 to finish his promises of love to Mariang Sinukuan, a goddess of nature who lives in Mount Arayat Pampanga. His articles gives big impact and encouragement and inspired the people of Pantabangan and the Mayor during year 2007 and adopted this legend as landmark that can be seen now in town arch and he used this article to promote the Pantabangan as Tourism destination.[7]

Paintings and Drawings[edit]

Married Life[edit]

On December 29, 1998, Amangpintor married Teresita Calara Martin, a teacher and theater art director from Rizal, Nueva Ecija.

Published Collections of Works[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Pantabangan Folk Painter: Elito V. Circa". The National Committee for Culture and the Arts Website. National Committee for Culture and the Arts. 2004. Retrieved 2004-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Filipino Painters". Amazon Inc. Hephaestus Books. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Folk Arts: Elito V. Circa". Ebay Inc. Ebay Inc. 2002. Retrieved 2002-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Artist uses own blood, hair in paintings". The Philippine Star. Philippine Star. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Sponsoring a child over the years and seeing them through the completion of their education is a testament to a donor's commitment". World Vision Philippines. World Vision Philippines. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Ripley's Believe It or Not". Ripley's Believe It or Not. Ripley's Believe It or Not. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Pantabangan Arch". Municipality of Pantabangan. Pantabangan Website. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-01.