Village hosts first wood carving contest

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Sunday, October 21, 2012


GUAGUA, Pampanga – The Wood Carvers Guild of Sta. Ursula Betis held Saturday the first-ever on-the-spot wood carving competition at the Sta. Ursula Gym.

The event is in cooperation with the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter with the support of Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga).

The event was participated by some 30 wood carvers and sculptors competing under two categories.

The first category was free interpretation of the face of Christ, while the second was focused on the free interpretation on the Betis Church.

Rey Cayanan, official of the Wood Carvers Guild of Sta. Ursula Betis, said the event was aimed at popularizing the local wood carving industry here.

He added they hope to attract younger Betisenos in pursuing the craft.

“There are many good wood carvers here in Betis. The only problem that we see now is making the younger generation pursue the craft,” Cayanan said.

The contest was also aimed at promoting the wood-carved products of the town, which range from religious sculptures to furniture.

Organizers said they hope to continue the event each year to become a yearly activity as part of whole celebration of the town’s wood carving tradition. (Ian Ocampo Flora)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 21, 2012.

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