Betis artists bag awards in UP tilt

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

GUAGUA -- Members of the Mandukit Anluagui ning Sta. Ursula (Masu) received major awards in the Second Wood Design and Carving Competition held at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, Los Baños, Laguna over the weekend.

Masu head Willy Layug said June Mesa, Francis Sibug and Alejandro Carpio bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the competition participated by wood carvers in Luzon.

The event is said to be UPOU’s means of showcasing talents, craftsmanship and culture of Filipinos. The UPOU said the events were part of UPOU’s 19th Anniversary Celebration and UPOU’s preparation for the World Wood Day on March 21.


With the theme “Wood ConnEctions: Wood in a Changing Culture,” these events highlighted the crucial role of wood in ensuring a sustainable future.

It is the group’s second time to participate in the event.

Layug said the winnings only show the craftsmanship of Betis artists as they have been exploring contemporary themes to veer away from the conventional ecclesiastical art Betis is famous for.

MASU also thanked SM Supermalls for providing the various wood carving competition exposures early this year.

Layug said the events hosted by SM have contributed to the group's success.

In 2013, SM City Pampanga hosted a mall-wide celebration on Independence Day as it showcased the best of Bêtis woodcraft. The mall also organized a wood carving competition last December.

Betis woodcarvers have adorned the halls of Malacañang Palace and have distinguished themselves in the local and international art scene. Chief among them is Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 03, 2014.

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