Gil Francis Maningo is a man of many personae. He is a Photographer, Composer, Singer, Actor, and the title most apt and popular about him is that of a caricaturist. The man behind the notable glocal (going global and genuinely local) brand KULAS (Kusog Ug Ligi-on Ang Sugbuanon) shirts has long been recognized for decades of his awards in photography and music. He was one of the first recording artists of Octo Arts. Also in retrospect , he has worked as a graphic artist in Chicago Sun Times Magazine. His travels abroad afforded him to learn American-Indian Art. He visits museums a lot. His music composition landed him the finalist spot in Cebu’s Pop Music Festival in the 90’s. Undeniably gifted, and being an artist of competence and character, Gil is always destined to achieve excellence in the various endeavors he ventures into.
Gil Francis Maningo studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. His love for the arts have had its strong influence and foundation from the past. The direction and confidence he relished from esteemed artists like Professor Martino Abellana, Jeff Dizon and National Artist Jose Joya are humbly reminisced.