Lydia Villanueva-Arguilla


Filipinas Heritage Library

Filipinas Heritage Library
Makati, Philippines

Among the intellectuals who joined the guerrilla movement was the writer and painter Lydia Villanueva Arguilla. Her husband, the fictionist Manuel Arguilla, worked with the Japanese Propaganda Corps but leaked out intelligence to the guerrilla leader, Colonel Yay Panlilio. He was killed by the Kempeitai in Fort Santiago in 1944. After the war, Arguilla opened the Philippine Art Gallery on Azcarraga Street (now Recto Avenue), Manila, one of the first galleries in the country that was dedicated to displaying, collecting, and promoting Filipino modern art.


  • Title: Lydia Villanueva-Arguilla
  • Date Created: 1960-70
  • Location Created: Manila, Philippines
  • Type: Photograph (Book Reproduction)
  • Depicted Person: Lydia Villanueva-Arguilla
  • Depicted Topic: Filipina women writers; Filipina painters; Filipina gallerists; Filipina guerrillas

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