PGMA confers Presidential Medal of Merit to sculptor-painter

August 10, 2009 10:24 am 

GUAGUA, Pampanga, Aug. 10 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred today the Presidential Medal of Merit to ecclesiastical artist and renowned sculptor-painter Wilfredo Tadeo Layug whose unique works have received acclaim both here and abroad.

The President conferred the award and plaque of recognition to Layug as “outstanding wood carver and ecclesiastical artist” at the Chapel of the Risen Lord in Barangay San Agustin here.

Witnessing the conferment rites were some 200 barangay residents led by Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and Barangay Chairman Fidel Ocampo

Born and still based in the old woodcarving village of nearby Barangay Betis, Layug’s extraordinary works on the Betis Church, declared a heritage site by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and other places of worship nationwide have received critical acclaim from both, national, local and international art experts.

Layug has mounted icons, retablo (carved centerpiece of a church), altar pieces, relief sculptures and lecterns applying the techniques he mastered from his apprenticeship under Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga in Seville, Spain.

National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva has also acknowledged Layug as the country’s top in ecclesiastical artworks particularly in using wood materials.

The Presidential Medal of Merit is conferred by the President of the Philippines on Filipino or foreign citizens in recognition of their outstanding and meritorious achievements and services that foster national pride and excellence, as well as acts of merit that enhance the prestige and honor of the Philippines. (PNA) DCT/OPS/ssc

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