Art contest a shot in the arm for Paete sculptors

CONTEMPORARY sculpture 1st place winner Jeanne Rose Fadul holding her winning sculpture ‘Boredom’ with Maestro Luis Ac-ac. / PHOTOGRAPHS BY RIO DELUVIO FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE @tribunephl_rio

The sculptors of Paete recently received a much-needed shot in the arm with the recent holding of the first Jose D. Caancan Memorial Sculpture Competition.

The competition — a brainchild of Ambassador Jose Maria Cariño, the principal benefactor of the Museo Ac-ac, and gallery owner Boyet Palma, in partnership with Paete’s eminent sculptor, Luis Ac-ac — paid tribute to the original maestro emeritus, Jose Caancan, of the Carving Capital of the Philippines.

The board of judges, composed of Ambassador Carino, director Javier Galvan of the Instituto Cervantes de Manila and UP Fine Arts Professor Glenn Cagandahan, named as winners of the following:

Classical Category: 1st place, “Daphne” by Dr. Fermin Madrilejos Jr.; 2nd place, “Helping Hands” by Reynaldo Cahatol; 3rd place, “Sarimanok” by Bernardino Gabion Jr., Finalist, “Navigator” by Edgar Madriguerra;

Contemporary Category: 1st place, “Boredom“ by Jeanne Rose Fadul; 2nd place, “Halimuyak” by Edward Dave; 3rd place, “Unplug Dilemma” by Jeanne Rose Fadul; Finalist “Together We Heal as One” by Antero Baldemor II.

Dr. Galvan, in his inspirational message, told the contestants, “You are the real ambassadors of Paete to the Philippines and to the world, since carving is very much into the genius loci of your town. Carving is indeed carved into your identity as individual artists and as a group. Your talents indeed are an asset and also a responsibility.”

THE contest judges: (from left) Prof. Glenn Cagandahan, Ambassador Jomari Cariño and Director Javier Galvan.

Moreover, he praised them because “you have in your genes the skills to work the baticuling wood while yours is a long tradition of sculpture mostly religious in their heritage, but you have to move on to produce contemporary works of our own time.”

Galvan especially acknowledged “those entries that had advanced in that direction producing new forms in a new context.”

‘TOGETHER We Heal as One’ by Antero Baldemor III.

Ambassador Cariño, announced as his next project “the establishment of the Paete Museum of Contemporary Arts, which should encourage more tourists to visit this famous town. This museum will feature paintings, sculptures and installation art. Also, we will produce more books featuring young artists like Glen Cagandahan as the youth is the future of Paete.”

‘Daphne’ by Dr. Fermin Madrilejos Jr., first placer for classical category.

Likewise, he pledged his support for and cooperation with the next mayor. “Together with gallery owner and book author Boyet Palma, I will help the next mayor reconfigure Paete by creating an art walk and converting the Philippines’ woodcarving capital into a green town,” Cariño concluded.

‘HALIMUYAK’ by Edward Dave.

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