Sculpting with the masters

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

IT’S summer and something has to be done, and so a sculpture workshop was hatched by Mindanao artist Kublai Millan along with his motley crew of artist-friends.

The concept was at best, vague. That’s how the motley crew works: set a date and let the endeavor take its natural course.

The ground rule was set, however: Participants will be working with cement, steel, and wire. Meaning, anyone who doesn’t want to get his or her hands dirty and strain a muscle or two should just stay away.


Thus, last May 5-12, a group of 19 sculptor wannabes were made to play with cement and reinforcement bars at Kublai’s residence in Ma-a.

Assisting Kublai in the execution of the workshop were University of Mindanao College of Architecture and Fine Arts Fina Arts Program head Rogelito “Jun” Cayas Jr., and fellow artists Jon Traya, Jeff Bangot, and Anton Cadayona III.

Among those who participated were: Randy Adlawan, BadzAmora, QricBatilaran, Reagan Deiparine, King Duyan, Ralph Gideon, Kent Medenilla, Jester Oani, DominikPilapil, Glenn Remolador, Alvien Reyes, Eve Sevilla, Angelo Valente, KhrishnaZabate, JonaldMakidong, Renato Pilapil, Jeff Edward Salmon, and a father and son team.

It was the first-ever such workshop. Its success, however, opens the likelihood of similar workshops with Holcim Philippines pledging support.

After all, a city as big and booming like Davao can never have enough artists.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 18, 2014.


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