Rameer Tawasil death: Bangsamoro artist dies from undisclosed illness aged 54

Rameer Tawasil
Artist Rameer Tawasil passed away


Rameer Tawasil, a famous painter from the Philippines passed away suddenly. Let’s see how did the artist die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Rameer Tawasil die?

Tausug-Zamboangueño Painter Rameer Tawasil has passed away at the age of 54. This sad news was announced by Bangsamoro Government in the following statement, which reads, 

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi Raji’un

Rameer Tawasil, a Bangsamoro Artist, native of Luuk, Sulu and Zamboanga City.

Mr. Tawasil’s works can be seen at Marcian Garden Hotel, Doctors Hospital, with Queen Sophia of Spain, Solo Town Plaza, the artist in Kawman Tausug at the ARMM Bangsamoro Tribal villages, and the designer artist of the Gawad Kapayapaan Trophy.

Mr. Tawasil has been involved in almost 60 art exhibitions here and overseas: In Japan, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, and Italy.

His memories will forever stay through the beauty of his art. May he rest in eternal peace.

Who was Rameer Tawasil?

Rameer Tawasil was a famous painter who was born in 1969. Tawasil, a native of Sulu, experienced the height of the Moro uprising during the martial law era.

He was only five years old in 1974 when he and his family fled Sulu for the safety of Zamboanga City amid falling bombs that wiped out the whole downtown area of Jolo, the province capital. 

Tawasil first became interested in Tausug art when he assisted his maternal grandmother in creating patterns for her embroidered designs for Tausug “Habul Tiyahian” or “patadjung,” which are popular among Tausug ladies.

Together with the late Abdulmari Imao, who was recognized as the National Artist for Sculpture in 2006, he honed his abilities and took part in several group art shows.

Tawasil was urged by Imao to keep researching the vibrant Tausug culture that exists throughout Mindanao, including the Sulu archipelago, and to display his findings in public. 

He studied architecture from 1987 to 1992 at the Western Mindanao State University. Tawasil also finished high school at the Hadji Butu School of Arts and Trades, where Imao had previously completed his education.

Tawasil developed his craft as a result of this mentorship. Later, he discovered how to expand his audience as well.

Awards and Honours

Tawasil continued to portray the rich culture of the Tausugs and Badjaos as his expertise of his chosen art form advanced.

He continued by introducing his own artistic signature, which reflects his perception of his neighbourhood. Tawasil has participated in around 60 art exhibitions domestically and abroad, including those in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, and Italy.

A recipient of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Award, Tawasil also got the Asian International Gold Award Myanmar, the Zamboanga Hermosa Recognition Award in the Culture and the Arts Category, and the 2015 Award of Commendation from the City Council of Zamboanga for taking home the Grand Prize.

In 2003, he was listed as one of the Top 19 visual artists, and was awarded at the National Traveling Art Grant Exhibition by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.

He received Zamboanga Hermosa Recognition Award for Culture and the Arts in 2003. Solo Exhibitions of Rameer were potrayed in Sihnag, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines Tawasil, Garden Orchid Hotel, Philippines’ Zamboanga City.

He also participated in group exhibitions in Eid al Fitri International Art Festival, Manila City, 2014 and Julfekar in The Brush of Rameeta, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Tanaw Mindanao, Brenart International Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

Rameer Tawasil cause of death:

Rameer Tawasil died from an undisclosed illness on June 06, 2023. He has been hospitalized for some time. His sudden demise news has saddened everyone who knew him.

Mir Tawasil also posted the tribute to Rameer in the following statement.

Among are my favorite art pieces of uncle Rameer Tawasil. He’s one of my mentor and inspiration in art and fashion design.
I will continue to treasure your guidance and love for Arts.
Farewell for now uncle Rams
Inna lillahi wa inailayhi rajiun

Tributes flooded social media after his demise news broke out.

Tributes to Rameer Tawasil:

Ollie Galvez posted,

“We Lost another Good friend, But in our hearts you will still remain ”
You’re not just a successful Artist but you are a great father and a great Friend
Rest In Paradise my Good Friend Rameer Tawasil . No more Pain…
“Rams…..Sa Ulap na lang tayo magkantahan, tuloy ang tugtugan

Sheen Tawasil posted,

One of the Tausug great Artist Pride of Mindanao passed away my uncle Rameer Tawasil May your works earn you a place in paradise. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun

Lincoln Undug Tulawie posted,

Tausug pride of Mindanao for Culture,arts and history just passed away
𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙, kah Rameer Tawasil
𝙄𝙣𝙣𝙖 𝙇𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙝𝙞 𝙬𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙖 𝙄𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙝𝙞 𝙍𝙖𝙟𝙞’𝙪𝙣
𝘞𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯.
“𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘮𝘶𝘩𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘢 𝘻𝘪𝘥 𝘧𝘪 𝘪𝘩𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘩𝘪 𝘸𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘢 𝘵𝘢𝘫𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘻 ‘𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘩𝘪. 𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘧𝘪𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘩𝘶 𝘸𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘣𝘪𝘵-𝘩𝘶 𝘣𝘪’𝘭-𝘲𝘢𝘸𝘭 𝘪𝘭-𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵. ”

Michael Gregorio II posted,

Tausug Artist Pride of Mindanao for Culture, Arts and History passed away
Rest in Peace Rameer Tawasil

Marc Velasco Full posted,

Going to bed with a broken heart… Go in peace hermano Rameer Tawasil..
You know very well how much I admired your passion and artistry, as you, in your humility, would always say, mutual artistic admiration and respect. I will miss you hermano.


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