Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr. (April 7, 1921 – July 6, 2021) was the Museum’s first President from 1976 to 1986. Under his ten-year tenure, he, together with founding Director Arturo Luz, brought in over 100 landmark shows, introducing Filipinos not just to the works of acclaimed artists overseas - Picasso, Klee, Warhol, Lichtenstein and even Old Masters among them - but also to a wide range of art expressions. Throughout the years, Amb. Tantoco received many awards and accolades for his outstanding business achievements as the patriarch of the family behind the pioneering retail company Rustan's, and for his societal contributions as a leading diplomat during his term as ambassador to the Vatican.