Kapampangan-made mural now part of Unesco heritage city

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


GUAGUA -- A Kapampangan-made mural is now part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) heritage city of Vigan bringing with it Kapampangan artistry at its best.

The 3.8-meter tall and 6.8-meter wide mural was made by Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Wilfred “Willy” Layug with a team of eight highly skilled sculptors from the Betis district in Guagua town.

The project was commissioned February to depict 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 mural was formally installed last week in Vigan City.

The mural features wood reliefs, embroidery-style sculpture techniques and estofado, which Layug learned from his recent trainings in Spain.
Layug thanked the officials of Vigan City for giving Kapampangans their chance to showcase their art.

“I was informed that this would be the centerpiece at the lobby of the city’s convention center. It would be shown to the public in time for a Unesco event on Nov. 8 and 9,” said Layug.

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.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 08, 2012.

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