WOODCARVERS, young and old, from this town’s wood carving district of Betis showed their artistic prowess during the on-the-spot woodcarving contest yesterday as part of the Dukit Festival to promote the woodcarving industry here.
The event was spearheaded by the local government of Guagua through Mayor Dante Torres who personally saw to the start of the contest with Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The contest was held at the Guagua town plaza.
The event also featured an exhibit of the best woodcarving products of the town from ecclesiastical and religious art to furniture and art accents.
The whole event was participated by at least 30 woodcarvers and dozens of independent exhibitors from Betis district.
Presidential Medal of Merit awardee Willy Layug said the event shows the ingenuity of Betis woodcarvers, the traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, and the dilemma of holding on to the tradition in the age of mechanical reproduction and modern technology.
The prizes for the winners will be presented by the local government of Guagua.
Torres, for his part, said that the woodcarving tradition of Betis is part of the overall identity and history of Guagua. Torres said that the support of the municipal governments aims to ensure that the love for the woodcraft industry is not lost among the younger generation of the town.