Salvador R. Cabrera, Sr.

Elder brother to National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Salvador Cabrera, Sr. made a name for himself as a remarkable painter, illustrator and cartoonist. He is considered as one of the country’s greatest illustrators during ‘50s. Fondly called within the art circle as “Bading,” he was in the league of known newspaper cartoonists like E.Z. Izon, Ben Alcantara, Mauro Malang Santos, Roddy Ragodon, and Hugo Yonzon. One of Bading’s famous works was the cartoon “Bindoy,” a farm boy and his adventures in the city. Bading’s paintings were also known for soulful images of everyday scenes—children playing on the streets, vendors arranging goods, sabungeros stroking their roosters.