From The Archives
Spelt CAHOY in Mentridas’s 1628 lexicon, the word was meant to signify “madera” or wood in general, or log of wood used for sculpting ( “esculpe”). The lexicon also identifies wood for making houses, and wood used for burning. In explaining the native word LILOC, Mentrida includes several ways this included working with wood: when the “Indios” or natives would write or engrave their letters on wood, especially on bamboo; or when someone “esculpe como madero o tabla o en que se pinta como lienzo o tabla.”
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In this video, Floy Quintos and Emil Marañon have a discussion on the nuances of the wooden sculpture traditions of the Visayas. They specifically look at the various wood-carving traditions of the Sto. Niño in the Visayas.
Floy Quintos Although he is more popularly known as a Playwright and Director, Floy Quintos has devoted a good part of his life to the study of The Traditional Art and Culture of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines. His essays on aspects of Ifugao art have been published, most notably, in “The PHILIPPINES: Archipelago of Exchange” (Musee d’ Quai Branly,2013), “Tabayag: Lime Containers of the Cordillera from the BENCAB Collection “, “Provenance: Ramon Tapales” and ” Consuming Passions.”
Emil Marañon III is an election and human rights lawyer based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of his law practice, he is an avid collector and a rising scholar extensively writing about Philippine material culture from colonial santos, indigenous art to Philippine-found early trade ceramics.
Art and Practice
In this narrative video, artist Raymund Fernandez looks back on his career as a sculptor – tracing his artistic roots to his hometown in Dumanjug and articulating his theories of how and why he makes his art.
Raymund L. Fernandez was a full professor in Art at the UP Cebu College Fine Arts Program when he retired in 2020. He was Creative Director for the design studio. Patikgrafik, which he partially owned. He has a rich body of works in painting, sculpture and performance. His works of monumental art include: “Tugpo,” once at Ayala Mall; “Icarus and Daedalus” at the Print Town building “ASEAN Friendship Grove,” at Family Park; “Jesuit Encounters an Angel,” at Ateneo Cebu campus; and others. Fernandez carves wood, and has specialized skills in welding and soldering metals, especially steel and copper.