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UKIT: THE ART OF SANTO-MAKING, September 5, 2015


Lopez Museum and Library invites you to take part in Ukit: The Art of Santo Carving, an afternoon of discussion on the art of santo-making, from the religious images it employs to the actual process that goes into making the figures. Join Dr. Esperanza Gatbonton and guest artist Riel Hilario as they give new perspective on how these familiar tradition figures in contemporary Philippine culture.

Riel Hilario coming from a family of traditional sculptors of santos, will talk about how his contemporary art practice was transformed by his early exposure to religious imagery. Riel has had several solo exhibitions in the Philippines (The Drawing Room and Art Informal, among others), New York, Singapore, and Paris and was one of the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s Thirteen Artists Awardees back in 2012. In the same year, he was also named one of the winners of the Ateneo Art Awards and Philippine Art Awards.

Dr. Gatbonton will speak about the scholarly work that she has done on the subject highlighting her published researches (Philippine Religious Carvings in Ivory and A Heritage of Saints). Last 2014, she was also a panelist at the conference entitled Transpacific Engagements (Ayala Museum) to give the discussion a scholarly bent.

This lecture coincides with the exhibition Open Ends. The show highlights a collection of rarely seen studies, sketches, and unfinished paintings by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. These masterful renditions are complemented by those of Juan Luna, unfinished correspondences captured in Jose Rizal’s careful handwriting and by beautifully bound and printed novenas or prayer booklets. Select sculptural and mixed media installations by guest artists Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Toym Imao, and Riel Hilario complete this provocation.

Ukit: The Art of Santo Carving with Dr. Esperanza Gatbonton and Riel Hilario will be held at the Lopez Museum and Library on September 5 (Saturday) 2-5 pm. Admission is Php 115 for students and Php 135 for adults. For inquiries please call us at 6312417 or email us at


Image Courtesy of Alyssa Sanchez’ Blog
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Sanchez’ Blog