Ta­gle lauds Layug con­tri­bu­tion to ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal art

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Reporter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Manila Arch­bishop Luis An­to­nio Car­di­nal Ta­gle ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to famed artist Willy Layug for the lat­ter’s con­tri­bu­tion to ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal art dur­ing Mon­day’s launch­ing of the book on the life and works of Pam­panga’s most cel­e­brated ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal artist.

Ta­gle was guest of honor dur­ing the launch­ing that was at­tended by peo­ple from the lo­cal art scene as well as ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal art en­thu­si­asts. The 200 plus page book show­cases the works of Layug for the past decades as well as his re­cent ac­com­plish­ments like the im­ages for the Pa­pal visit of Pope Fran­cis and other im­ages and retab­los in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and the world.

Ta­gle, who wrote a mes­sage for the book, said that the life of Layug is a story of the life of an artist mod­elled by the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of his na­tive place, Betis in Gu agu a, Pam­panga and the works of lo­cal mas­ters and the Euro­pean mae­stros of the early cen­turies.

“Com­pe­tent art cri­tiques will be able to de­lin­eate the unique­ness and mastery in Willy’s works. For me the out­stand­ing qual­ity of his sa­cred sculp­tures and retab­los is their abil­ity to move the peo­ple to prayer, to reach out to the divine, to that which can bring them close to God,” Ta­gle added.

Au­thor Laya Bo­quiren said that the book is a con­tri­bu­tion to the ef­forts of doc­u­ment­ing Filipino arts and crafts. The book chron­i­cles the works of Layug for the past 40 years. The book is also a cat­a­logue of Layug’s many works all over the coun­try and abroad. His works could be seen as far as Mi­nadanao and even in Rome.

The book al­ready went on two suc­cess­ful soft launch­ings at SM City Pam­panga and be­fore bish­ops of the Catholic Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines.

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