ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDSFrom the church of Candaba, Pampanga, this 17th century retablo form part of a series of Nativity scenes rendered in polychromed molave wood. Luis Araneta Collection.
ADORATION OF THE MAGIThis retablo, evidently done by the same craftsman, is done with a more polished effort. The colors are more exciting and vivid and the similarity in the expression of the characters are peculiarities of images from Pampanga. Luis Araneta Collection.
SAN ISIDRO LABRADORSt. Isidore, a popular saint figure in the Philippines, is invoked for good harvest by local farmers. This piece, from Bicol, is made from polychromed painted wood and dates from 1792. Richard and Sandra Lopez Collection.
GOD, ALMIGHTY FATHERA quaint depiction of the all-knowing, all-seeing and patient God the Father surrounded by allegorical figures, including a white angels and a black devil weighing the souls of the dead. We see a just man giving alms and a sinner beating a victim with a club. Early 20th c., Paulino and Hetty Que Collection.
10TH STATION OF THE CROSSThis particular station, “Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments”, is no longer included in the new Stations of the Cross approved by Pope Benedict in 2007. Polychromed wood, 17th c., Narva Church, Camarines Sur. Paulino and Hetty Que Collection.
SAN FRANCISCO DE ASISSt. Francisco of Assisi, founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) is shown offering salvation to humanity by dangling his girdle of rope to people including religious figures wallowing in a fiery lake. Carved from a single slab of wood, it dates from 18th c. and comes from Ligao Church, Albay.