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UPOU Holds Wood Carving Competition


UPOU supports Laguna and Pampanga artists through wood carving competition and exhibit.



The University of the Philippines Open University co-sponsored a wood carving competition and exhibit entitled “Wood: Art, Joy and Culture” on 21 March 2013 at the ICTDO Building in Diliman, Quezon City.

Organized through the support of the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and the UPOU Foundation, Inc., the event is in observance of the World Wood Day and part of the activities lined up in celebration of UPOU’s 18th year.

Dr. Consuleo Habito spearheaded the activity with assistance from the UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) and the UPOU Cultural Committee.

The UPOU Chorale opened the event with their rendition of the Philippine National Anthem. FMDS Dean Inocencio E. Buot, Jr. expressed gratitude to all the sculptors who participated in the event in his welcome remarks. Chancellor Alfonso, a sculptor herself, gave a backgrounder on the Philippines’ wood sculpting history. In her message, Dr. Alfonso emphasized that the event “not only celebrates the talent and artistry of the wood carvers in the country, [it] also preserves a tradition that has truly enriched our lives for centuries.”

Forty-seven entries were included in the competition with sculptors coming from Paete, Laguna and Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. Twenty entries were submitted for the In-the-Round Category and 27 entries were submitted for the Bas Relief Category.

The judges for the competition were Chancellor Grace Javier Alfonso, Mr. Luis E. “Junyee” Yee, Jr., Dr. Ma. Cristina A. Padolina, Mr. Wilfredo T. Layug, and Mr. Glenn Cagandahan. The evening’s guest of honor was Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Jorge Domecq, who also led the formal opening of the exhibit.

Special recognition along with cash prizes were given to the sculptors of the winning pieces: Mr. Angelo Baldemor, Mr. Lamberto Baldemor and Mr. Ernesto Cagayat as first, second and third prize winners, respectively, for the Bas Relief Category, and Mr. Danilo Cads, Mr. Benjamin Dailo and Mr. Angelo Baldemor as first, second and third prize winners, respectively, for the In-The-Round Category. All entrants received certificates of participation.

Dr. Primo G. Garcia, Chair of the UPOU Cultural Committee, served as the evening’s emcee. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)