Paoay Sand Dunes: Home of Philippine film icons

April 29, 2015 4:14 am 

LAOAG CITY, April 28 — Ilocos Norte hosts the most sought home of Philippine films featuring its vast scenery of beach and rock formations, the richness of its nature, homegrown sand dunes and some heritage-driven places.

This year, after unveiling the sculpture of Elsa from the internationally-acclaimed and iconic Filipino film, Himala, the provincial government is paying tribute to another royalty in Philippine pop culture, Flavio of Panday.

Flavio was played by now departed award-winning actor and national artist Fernando Poe Jr., of the classic film series Panday, wherein major scenes was shot in the Paoay Sand Dunes here.

The Flavio sculpture will be immortalized by visual artist Raphael David.

The sculpture depicts a scene where the iconic character is hurling his magical sword against a supernatural enemy which was created by contemporary artist, Leeroy New.

“Personally as a kid, I used to watch superhero cartoons and Panday was sort of a live action take on the superhero genre,” said David.

David said he is very honored and lucky to be putting in life a Panday piece.

“Filipinos love fantasy and adventure thus, Panday captured this distinct Filipino sensibility. FPJ eventually became an icon of Philippine cinema. When you think of action movies, the name FPJ always comes to mind,” he said.

The 1980 film, Ang Panday (blacksmith in Filipino), is originally a fictional Philippine comics character created by writer Carlo J. Caparas and artist Steve Gan serialized in the 1970s.

The tremendous positive reception of the first film spawned three others, Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday in 1981, Ang Panday Ikatlong Yugto in 1982 and Ang Panday Ika-apat na Aklat in 1984.

In the film, Flavio is an ordinary human who is known for his superb swordsmanship. After a meteorite crashes to the ground, he forges its ore into a dagger, which magically turns into a sword whenever he raises it.

“The main sculpture is done using fiberglass. For the sword, the same material as the sculpture will be used but with stainless steel features,” said David.

David is specializing in hyper-realist figurative sculptures, utilizing materials such as silicone rubber, resin and actual human hair.

He studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. In 2009, he won the grand prize in the 42nd Shell National Student Art Competition for the sculpture category.

The Panday sculpture is set to be unveiled during the third year celebration of the “Himala sa Buhangin” (Miracle in Sand) on May 1 at Paoay Sand Dunes. (PNA)

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