Vigan City commissions Kapampangan artist for cultural mural

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

GUAGUA - The City Government of Vigan has commissioned Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Wilfredor “Willy” Layug to create a cultural mural for the city that depicts the many facets, colors, and history of the famed heritage city.

The mural, a combination of different sculpture techniques all done in wood, represents the whole timeline of the heritage city from the Spanish colonial era to the present.

The art piece features familiar icons and figures like the Vigan Heritage houses, local heroes, and famous tourist spots in the area.


Layug said the new commissioned work will be among his major permanent works under the contemporary genre. He said the mural will feature most of his wood carving techniques that he learned from locals here and from his studies in the woodcarving shops in Spain.

The artist added he will execute the artwork in a manner that it would become a proud testament to the renowned skills of Betis wood carvers.

Layug is also set to install a Filipiniana altar dedicated to Filipino St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Blessed Pedro Calungsod at the prestigious Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome, Italy.

Layug will be the first Kapampangan to install his work at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, sharing the same stage with classical masters whose works adorn major churches and shrines in Roman Catholic churches a few blocks away.

“The altar will be 10 feet by 10 feet and would be dominated by sawali and bamboo designs to show the unique Filipino character of the altar. Though we are greatly influenced by European wood carving designs, the altar would still show the Filipino wood carving character,” Layug said.

Layug also said that he is now finalizing both artworks and expects to be finished anytime this month.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 24, 2012.

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