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1) Artist:Solomon Saprid

Sculpture:Tikbalang

Colonizers have come and gone to our land and inputted different traditions in our very rich culture. There's this one man who sought to preserve our culture through his paintings and sculptures and he is none other than Solomon Saprid. He gave the

public pictures of Philippine folklore characters that made the Filipinos realized that these imaginary beings are not just a mere myth, rather it is more of a reality. He
sculpted “Tikbalang”, a titanic creature with a horse-like head but has a human-like body. He also sculpted “Amihan”, the wind goddess. After sometime, these images had been so engraved in the public’s mind that the public began to think that these creatures could be anywhere. He also sculpted t he “Gomburza” along Intramuros that made the public remember the things that the 3 priests have done for our country. He didn’t just paint or sculpt art that only talked about the Filipino myths, but he also made pictures that touched our culture. He paint ed “Mag-ina” that exemplified the joys of parenthood. He was able to pull back the Filipinos to their roots and made them understand their culture and beginnings. Indeed, he is an artist who enriched the rich culture of a society. Bernice M. Cid

2) Artist:Ang Kiuko

When a painter paints, his emotions are shown through the painted canvas. It shows the different realities about life that move its audience. One person was able to do this through his paintings, and he is the legendary Ang Kiuko. His early paintings were full of different emotions that influenced the viewers’ feelings. His audience could easily understand the message of his paintings because he used passion. He drew the Crucifixion of Christ that exhibited hopelessness and depression. His favorite subjects for his paintings were angst and anger that are shown in his paintings called “Payaso” and “Ina at Anak”. His paintings were full of irony and questions. After some years, he tried to re-create his style in art by painting gleeful pictures of Mother Nature instead of painting pictures of quarreling crowds. He was able to input different perspectives of life in a small blank canvas. Indeed, he made a very remarkable impact in our society. He re-created his art and thus, he has been able to influence

the public’s views about life.
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brass. which is a twelve meter sculpture made up of twenty one rays of the sun and thirty three spears in copper. There is not one drop of classical style in all if his masterpieces. adobe. What sets him apart from other artists is that he has the talent to unify different materials and experiment with them. iron. cement. bronze. Napoleon V. Abueva has long been exposed in utilizing almost all kinds of materials. molave. These materials include wood. One of his most famous works is his wooden sculpture entitled “Allegorical Harpoon” which is currently housed in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Abueva The Philippines is very fortunate for having the multi awarded national artist. acacia. ipil. an Abueva sculpture is known for its simplicity with the maximum expression of art. coral. stainless steel. . According to Abueva. Abueva has set a new standard that other artists have failed to copy. bronze and stainless steel that decorates the ceiling of the Manila Peninsula Manila. langka wood. alabaster. but also probes the existing. “Sunburst”. Also among his various works is the very familiar. Abueva. as its father of modern Philippine sculpture.Abueva is the pioneer in modern sculptures because he was the first artist who had creatively and successfully moved out of the classic style to create his own abstract experimental modern art pieces and paved the way for other young aspirants to follow his lead. marble.Artist:Napoleon V. As the leading artist in contemporary Philippine sculpture. kamagong. palm wood and bamboo. He is a very innovative artist who explores the unknown. metal. He was the only sculptor who is capable on working on all kinds of material in several styles from representational to abstract.

his works were very different from Amorsolo’s bright. Poinsettia Girl. Portrait of the Professor. The Wrestlers. cheerful hues yet his creativity in art made way for mural and modern paintings to be known in the Philippines. Japanese Girl. By: Joyce Santos Sources: Pamana: The Jorge B. The Sketch. Vargas Art Collection Author: Santiago Albano Pilar . Mother and Daughter. created works which were dark in color and gave pictures of Filipino masses as theme. It is dark in color and made of heavy texture which pictures men working in a quarry. He does not only establish modern paintings into the Philippines but also link this modernism to the issue of national identity. the most controversial painting. sunny. Some of his masterpieces were The Artist and the Model. Father of Modern Philippine Painting.6) Artist:Victorio Edades Victorio Edades. Moreover. One of his great works depicting Filipino masses is The Builders.

His watercolored “still life” is considered to be one of the best in the country. The modernism found in his works formed a new basis for the reassessment of Philippine paintings. He prefers using watercolors than oil because he considers watercolor art to be more memorable. He is one of the pioneers who introduced the modern 20th century form of art which is stronger and more appealing to the eyes than those of the traditional paintings made by Fernando Amorsolo. After which. Chinese arts. .7) Artist: Diosdado Lorenzo Diosdado Lorenzo is one of the most famous modernist painters in the Philippines. Lorenzo’s obsession with the country’s landscape and people enabled him to try different forms of paintings such as painting with lights. he explored Filipino “Still Life” using objects such as fruits and vegetables as its model. etc. watercolors. Lorenzo destroyed the old perspective of traditional paintings to make way for the new styles in painting. He tried these kinds of paintings only to find out that his heart was not really into it. To form the modernist approach in paintings.

P. It is a famous example of a stylish and an organized approach in Philippine paintings. . thus. He also received various nominations and awards in the field of painting. depicts a picture of a woman kneeling down on the nailed feet of Jesus on the cross. he is one of the founders of U. The painting has a dramatic background to clearly express the desperate state of the woman. Unknown to everyone. During his early years in education. Rivera’s organization in paintings made it more appealing to the subject. inspiring painters to put more passion in their painting rather than painting to make names for themselves. he received a silver medal after taking two head studies. Supplication. His famous work. School of Fine Arts.Artist: Vicente Rivera Vicente Rivera. a master in Philippine paintings. is commonly underrated due to the rarity of his works.

1896. In these two masterpieces. Andres Bonifacio and his revolutionary group called “Katipunan” first encounter with the Spanish soldiers on August 3.Artist: Guillermo Tolentino Guillermo E. Another famous sculpture of Guillermo Tolentino is the Bonifacio Monument located in Caloocan City. which symbolize the heroism of the Filipino people. . Tolentino is a renowned artist known for transforming hopes and aspirations of freedom into art. famous landmark in the University of the Philippines. The Oblation is good representation of how one has a thirst for freedom and an eagerness to offer his whole self for the country. He transformed the country’s aspiration and hope for a freer country into this amazing sculpture. The Oblation. The stones on which it stands represent the many islands in the country. Because of this. Guillermo Tolentino successfully portrays what Filiipinos yearn for and what they want to achieve during the time of the Spaniards. which can be found at the lobby of College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. The monument commemorates the proletarian hero. In addition. Guillermo Tolentino included clusters of katakataka found at the foot of the figure. The original Oblation is made of concrete and measures three and a half meters symbolizing the three and a half years of Spanish rule in the Philippines. The Bonifacio Monument is an enduring symbol of the Filipinos’ cry for freedom. One of his famous creations is the Oblation. has become a symbol of academic freedom. It is a figure of a nude man with arms outstretched and looking far beyond the horizon. he is considered one of the most known national artists in the Philippines.

. These include Man and Woman (alternatively known as Beggars) and Gadgets'. geometric ordering of figures into a social expressionism rendered by interacting forms filled with rhythmic movement". Hernando Ocampo are described as depictions of anguish and dehumanization of beggars and laborers in the city. His early (1940s-1960s) works. alongside those of peer. critics have further cited Legaspi's having "reconstituted" in his paintings "cubism's unfeeling. Primarily because of this early period.Cesar Legaspi Biography Cesar Legaspi (1917-1994) is a Filipino National Artist awardee in painting. He was also an art director prior to going full-time in his visual art practice in the 1960s.

serving the school for 20 years. accumulated eight certificates of recognition and six medal. and the yearly trophies of Film Academy of the Phil. Won all the major awards in the early school competitions. the Benigno Aquino monument at the corner of Ayala and Paseo de Roxas. 1925 while taking high school at the Manila University. Produced representational sculpture. Leyte. ranging from full figures to busts. Idealized the appearance of his subjects. then fresh from studies in Italy. also joined the faculty of the UP School of Fine Arts. His and Padre Jose Burgos> won top awards in 1931 and 1932. [HAAP-SP] . sculptor Guillermo Tolentino. in most of Tolentino’s landmark commissions. Record commissions from the Society of Jesus. but injected vitality and movement into his works. starting with 14-ft statue of St. the lifesize of figure of Pres Ramon Magsaysay at the GSIS lobby in Arroceros. Assisted his professor. (Classical sculpture and statuary. and all the dancing figures at the Malacanang Palace Reception and Music Hall. like the UP Oblation. Batangas 1907 died 1990. monuments) Entered UP School of Fine Arts. In 1951. From 1925-29. After WW II. Won the Philippine National Heroes Day competition gold medal in 1920. businessmen. Mandaluyong. 1952. Thomas. and educators. the Rizal Monument in the front of the Rizal Provicial Capitol. Also won 2nd prize in the sculpture competition of the AAP.Anastacio Caedo was born in Batangas. the Bonif acio Monument in Caloocan. and eight other major works. the Shaw Monument at Shaw Blvd. More for the Ateneo College of Law in Padre Faura. 1986. established himself as a major sculptor. Most popular of his works are the seven life-size figures of Gen Douglas McArthur and company at PoloRed Beach. mainly monuments of national heros and successful Filipino politicians.

. Graphics and other associated fields for a local Japanese firm soon influenced my direction towards a new dimension and artform in Contemporary or Modern Art. and Manila Artists Group. Pintor Kulapol of Tuy. and a Bronze Medal from Rome’s 7th Concorzo Di Pittura Estemporanea in 1985. My masterful skill and distinctive style have not gone unnoticed and had been honored with numerous awards. I was a member in the Art Association of the Philippines. My passion for art got me actively involved with numerous art exhibitions and groups in the Philippines and in Italy. I believe in art metamorphosis which took me into the present through uncommon paths. among them the Second Prize in “On the Spot Painting Contest in Manila’s City Gallery in 1979. I was warmly accepted into the august circle of the Philippine Artist Group in Canada. Industrial. Degli Artisti in Rome.Antonio 'Jun' Afable Art Statement “I held on to my artworks because they reflect my story. the places and events that have defined my life and times in art”. My various jobs as a Designer in Fashion Accessory. Biography Graduated Fine Arts from Manila’s University of Santo Tomas in 1981. With my creative versatility in both the traditional and modern styles of art I had also become a pillar of the PAG. My drawings. Batangas. becoming its Treasurer while contributing fresh blood and vision to the group’s continuing saga of promoting Philippine art to a Canadian audience. some old and some minted just a few years ago were my treasures. sketches. collages and sculptures. I flourished for sometime in the traditional styles. Three years after coming to Toronto in 2000. Today I continue to earn recognition for Filipino artists by participating in local Canadian juried shows and winning awards. paintings.

Dubai and Lebanon to work as a visualizer. Determined to be an artist. My artistic of rare perception. the Middle East. In high school. . Biography His love of art started from quite an early age. University of Santo Tomas while he worked as a part time artist. USA and Canada. the colors and so much things that is always changing. My recent paintings are impressions from nature. it always different. After graduating. Encouraged to work abroad he went to Bahrain. His competence and dedication to the group was recognized by his peers when he was elected as President in 2004. While working abroad he continued to paint and whenever opportunity allowed. His works are now in private collections in the Philippines. Toots majored in advertising at the College of Fine Arts. the moods. He joined various art groups and participated in numerous art shows. In 1996.Calixto Quiachon Art Statement There is so many things around us to see the beauty of nature. he already started to paint in oils and watercolors and did charcoal illustrations. he joined with Philippine Artists Group of Canada. No matter how many times you look at something. he became a graphic artist in various firms Manila. graphic designer and art director. he migrated to Canada with his family and while working as a graphic designer.

Manila Philippines SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Rainscape. Phil. October. 1961 EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts Major in Advertising University of Santo Tomas . having downward strokes. Biography BORN: Manila . 2005 GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Creations and Expression Cedar Ridge Stusio Gallery. 2005 Precipitation (Purple Series) West Gallery. Art Center Mega Mall. with tempered lyricism and surprising quietude. Singapore July 6. 2007 The Saturday Group Show. 2006 . Phil. Toronto June 17. heightened by a luxuriance of expressionist touches such as dribbles and drippings of pigment. The sense of drama from my color combinations. I paint it over with acrylic paint. Finale Art Gallery . Galerie Astra. 2006 Vibrations. these are highly disciplined works. March. transparencies of radiant light. Phil. I start by covering the canvas with modeling paste and using my palette knife I scrape it in free-flowing movement creating variety of shapes and forms.Cobie Cruz Art Statement My works are visual depictions of movement resembling a flow of water. Once dried. July 15. From my rain series. The result is a vividly hued and highly textured abstraction with those shapes and forms one automatically associates with a rivulet. Despite a subject that lends itself to some rowdy execution (splashes and drippings). 2007 Texture in Style Momentous Arts Gallery . Philippines . it has evolved into bolder and free-willing brush strokes. It is in this stage where I edit or cut-off some unwanted shapes and add other interesting materials available. Phil. July.

Presently he holds the position of President of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada. my favorite place to be. I imagined an Angel holding in his/her hands the earth as he/she watches the continuing life in the ocean. As an appreciator of visual art. he won several awards in many student art competitions from 1965 to 1970. major in painting at University of Santo Tomas in 1970. I like the way the earth floats and glows as if it has a sprayed effect. his typeface design “Hedalgo” won 1st Prize. The color white dominates the whole canvas. At this time. Recently. In 1984. . perfect as the mountains and clouds. 2008 with his former UST classmate. Like my feelings in my art which is as pure as white. 2007 and March. Although his preference is compositional landscape. The whole painting is form in a modern and contemporary style. Although I have not seen one. my mind is full of ideas about them. He was a full time painter ever since. While studying. He opened his first one man show in 1973. Philippines and finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts. he does not settle for one type of subject. former UST Art Professor held in Bulacan.DunLuna Art Statement The last 3 remaining months of 2007 was very interesting to me. I go through books. Philiipines. beautiful as the trees and streams. I was also contemplating on changing my subject matter in painting from compositional landscape to figurative. He held a one man show in the Philippines on February. Dunluna immigrated to Canada in 1974 and worked as graphic/typeface designer and hand lettering artist from 1975 to 1991 under Les Usherwood. Studio Magazine Typeface Design Contest – Serif Category. Narciso Santiago and Mario Santiago. Biography Antonio H Luna (who signs his artworks as “Dunluna”) has exhibited his paintings with other fellow artist during the last 10 years. 2007. to get inspiration on what my Angels would look like. At first my Angels were more like figurines molded like sculpture but as I form my art composition. I imagine Angels being pure as white. For some unknown reason. Dunluna is a descendant of the famous 19th century Filipino artist Juan Luna. I was Introduce to a group to help strengthen my relationship and faith to God. There are more Angels in my mind. the designer of the Caxton Family Typeface. very little of the primary colors were applied on the Angel’s wings and clothes. he joined a 3 man show on February 10. my meditation led me to a very good subject "The Angels". I think of Angels as guardian and protector of God’s creation. look at figurines and go to churches. the trees on the valleys and human existence. He was born in the province of Antique. Dunluna constantly researches new and exciting ways to express his feelings on the canvas. in my heart and in my hands to create. He is one of the most actively concerned & committed member of the group.

Markham Civic Center. Etobicoke. Ontario Portrait Show. Mississauga. visit www. Toronto Ontario Sinag Sining. Makati city. Ontario Three Man Show. Etobicoke. Ontario Ugnayang Diwa. Port Credit Library. Ayala Museum. Neilson Park Creative Park. Ontario International Portrait Competition and Art Conference. Miladay Gallery. Arts and Letters Club. Gallery of Ontario. Scarboro.portraitsocietyofcanada. Ontario Winter Show. Neilson Park Creative Park. Neilson Park Creative Park. Makati. Toronto.com. Ontario Kaganapan.. Etobicoke. Toronto. Scarboro Civic Center.. Toronto. Biography He 200820072007200720062005200520052004Art 20032003200220022001200120001999199719961995199119901975had participated in several Exhibitions: Kulay balikbayan. Ontario After Art Space..Thomas To view Frank's works and his winning entry. Philippine . Mississauga. Ontario Alay kay Rizal. Toronto. Mississauga. click on Members Gallery and Past Conferences.Rizal. Ontario On the Spot. Rivercrest Gallery. Springbank Center.. York Quay Gallery 2. Scarboro. Markham Civic center. Neilson Creative Park.Frank Tonido Art Statement "Many of life's failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave Edison up". Ontario Mississauga Art Show and Sale. Scarboro. Ontario Kalayaan '93. Toronto. Markham. Etobicoke. Ontario Portrait Society of Canada Workshop. Etobicoke. Toronto. Etobicoke. North York Central Library. Mississauga. Ontario Likha.. Ontario Philippine Independence. Harbourfront Center. Neilson Creative Park. Toronto. Cedar Gallery. Ottawa. Cedar Ridge Gallery. Ontario Visual Arts Mississauga Fine Arts Show and Sale.. Etobicoke. Ontario Markham Winterlude. Ontario Tribute to the Philippine Heritage. Neilson Creative Park. Jackman Hall. Westin Hotel. Toronto. Ontario Colors of the Orient. Ontario PAG Revisited. Canada Pagdiriwang Ika-15. Neilson Creative Park. Philippines Creations Expressions. North York. Markham.

June 2001) Worked as a Senior Graphic Designer at Impact/BBDO. Morong. 2005) Presently Living in Milton. Art is an extension of myself. Ontario. Jr.Fine Arts Society of Milton 2005 . Second of the 5 children of Justino (Sr) and Julieta Magalona Raised in Catmon. Cebu with sister Gladys by grandmother Julianna and aunt Clotilde Scribbled on the walls and encourage to draw at the age of 3 by grandmother. Riyadh (1998-2001) Immigrated to Canada with his family in 2001 Invented Acrylic Paint Pen (May.Boy's High School Cebu City (1979 -1984) Philippine Christian University .Asiaweek International Magazine (19931994) Married to Araceli B. Trimidal (1994) Overseas Filipino Contract Worker Saudi Arabia (June 1994 . Sabang. Julianne Eugenia (91/2) and Jamille Ericka (8) 2003 .2006 Philippine Artist Group of Canada Art Exhibitions . my work reflects my values. Canada with wife Araceli and Children Justin Emmanuel (11). Biography Born in 1967.present Group Art Exhibitions: Annual Group Art Exhibition (1990-1993) Philippine Refugee Processing Center Artist Group Philippine Independence Art Exhibit . observations.Philippine Embassy Saudi Arabia 2000 Annual From Heart to Hand Art Exhibit . University of San Carlos . experiences. I developed this tool in May 2005 and it help me cross and blur the fine line between painting and graphic illustration.2005 to present Solo Exhibitions: Fine Arts Society of Milton Studio Tour 2005 and 2006 .College of Business Administration (1985-1989) University of the Philippines . I am using Acrylic Paint Pen in executing my works. memories and stages of my own life.Justino Magalona. Bataan (1990-1993) Graphic Artist/Illustrator . I work hard capture the spirit and emotion in the subjects of my artworks.College of Fine Arts. Diliman Campus (1989-1990) Artist/Illustrator -International Catholic Migration Commission Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Cebu Philippines. beliefs.

2004.O.com) on August. She has also taken Chinese brush painting. there is always a story behind that I am trying to communicate to the world. they immigrated to Canada. It takes a long process to paint from light to dark colors and to fire in a kiln at high temperature for several times. She enjoys painting still life. zen and the balance of yin and yang. Nellie maintained a very busy schedule at work and at home. she worked as executive secretary in ad agency and got married to a copy writer in 1973. Art Gallery of Ontario. and believe that "In every cloud.Maria Nellie Art Statement In porcelain painting. She continued her advanced Drawing and Painting Portraits and Figures studies at Central Technical School. so that each of my artworks tells that after struggle in life and you are still at the edge. people. She began taking different art courses at community schools. Nellie has a passion for art. Later on.R.philippineartists. dream. different fruits. chalk pastel. with changing personal circumstances. 2005. Although. her position was changed to P. she has her own website pages where her artworks and herself are featured. Her first big break came when her "Peony" in watercolour was displayed by Philippine Artists Group of Canada (PAG) on their website (www. portraits. Like in any other paintings I do. just focus on what you are doing well. Nellie took Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at the Lyceum of the Philippines. and either in Chinese brush painting or in printmaking. still life. figures and portraits. Camille Muller and Lorna Livy. Recently. she never forgot her roots in the Philippines and in art. settling in Toronto." Biography Nellie is a self-taught artist. porcelain painting and printmaking courses at studios of a number of internationally acclaimed artists . a regular contributor and elected secretary of PAG. She exhibited her artworks with PAG at their shows in Toronto on June. figures and landscapes in watercolour. in Manila from September to October. The same year. Nellie is an active member.Jeremy Tsai. . It shows the past. acrylic and oil. she has been fond of drawing and painting a wide range of subjects. 2003. Also had art shows in Butuan City in 2005 and in Manila in 2006 with her international artist friend Gion Gounet. I sketch and design my own composition on paper before I draw and paint it on porcelain plate or platter. Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and at Ayala Museum in Makati (on her visits to the Philippines) where she developed her own style. reality. Nellie was able to make a greater commitment to art and devote more time improving her technique. landscapes. Currently. there is a silver lining. including flowers. I am an optimist. After graduation. pen and ink. Since early childhood. animals and beautiful places. movement. present and future feeling. After high school.

Nelia worked as an Office Furniture Designer and Interior Design presentation renderer.. Tomas. joined several competitions and won a Third and two Second place awards. her childhood interests in wtercolour paintings redeveloped. she did not loss her touch and subconsciously enhanced the art. Ontario.. most of all. She came to Canada in 1977 with her family and currently living in Mississauga. enjoy the best of what God gave you to do. Allow your spirit to soar.let your brushes go. Her childhood interest to create a wedding cake made her to take Basic.Neilia Tonido Art Statement Art is a great gift. She was a member of the Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry (CSSA). created by the mind. Biography Having a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Sto. She started doing artworks and to her surprise.. ... She made stronger ties with the Phil Artists Group of Canada by being officially one of its members. and make your colors flow. Intermediate and Advanced Cake Decorating at McCall's School of Cake Decorating in Toronto. Being with the Philippine Artists Group of Canada for a number of years only as a companion to her husband Frank.

composed predominantly of Americans at the new Bridges gallery in the U.000 Philippine centennial commemorative note. which included the P1. . He went back to serious painting in the early seventies joining numerous group shows. Mananquil played an important role in organizing Filipino artists in northern America when he migrated to Canada in 1985.C. to design the 1983 series of bank notes and coins. which is not given to everyone. He was appointed Artist-in Residence in 1985. comics & magazines. Recently. Highlight of his design in the series is the independence declaration scene originally featured in the now demonetized 5-peso bill and adapted again in the P100. His group aims to unify Filipino artists and propagate Philippine visual arts in the region. he organized the 1st PAG show in Manila followed in 2006 by a 3-man show with former UP classmates. He worked in a couple of advertising agencies but later distinguished himself as a top illustrator for books. he joined the faculty of the College of Fine Arts as Instructor and later on became Chairman of the Department of Visual Communications as Assistant Professor. Dan Dizon and now National Artist Bencab. A true artist must create only to bare his soul. The artist should use it with honesty and commitment. he gets a bonus. Biography Romeo Castillo MananQuil graduated in 1963 from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.R. If in so doing. In 2004. together with two other artists. cum laude. MananQuil Art Statement The gift of art is a language. MananQuil is now one of the more established Filipino artists in Canada. He founded the Philippine Artists Group (PAG) and was President for 14 years. He has been a member of the prestigious Portrait Society of America for several years now. he earns money out of it.000 bill that is still in circulation today. he was the only one from Canada to be invited as gallery artists. Later.S. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas commissioned him.

he was commissioned to do a life-size statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz De Manila which is now displayed in the lobby of San Lorenzo School in Mississauga. In 1995. He started teaching art curriculum at Angelicum School in Quezon City. he was invited to join the faculty of Brent International School in Pasig. . He eventually joined the Philippine Artists Group founded by Romi Manaquil. Omel enrolled in York University in fall of 2001. His medium is mostly oil and pastel. During his graduation. He eventually earned yet another degree in education that allowed him to teach in local catholic schools here in Ontario. Philippines on April 14. Ontario. During his first few years in Toronto. he moved from Manila to Toronto. then moved on to teach same art subject to high school students in Ateneo de Manila University. Napoleon Abueva at the Univeristy of the Philippines. which was destroyed by the spanish conquistadores (conquerors). a fellow UP alumnus and former member of the Fine Arts Faculty. 1959.Omel Masalunga Biography Born in Naga City. Currently. he was awarded “The Most Outstanding Fine Arts Student”. Along the way. But the most remarkable one was his exhibit at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines entitled “Mga Anito at Babaylan” (Priests and Priestess) where he tackled the lost art of mask-making and native idolatry. he had attended several local and international art conferences and seminars. Wanting to go back to his passion for teaching. where he continued to express his love for the visual art by mounting exhibitions in galleries and cafes in the city. Metro Manila on 1988. He took up Fine Arts major in Sculpture under the tutelage of National Artist. he developed his artistic skills at an early age. He had numerous art exhibitions. He also renders his aesthetic skills on stage designs for concerts. too many to list here in fact. And because of his natural talent in effective teaching. He continues to mount exhibitions every now and then. Omel works for the Toronto Catholic School Board as an Occasional Teacher.