|FOLK RELIEVE of the Virgin and Child Jesus, with angels in attendance.|
by Rodolfo Y. Ragodon
Exhibit of Religious Art in Cebu IV Centennial Festivities Traces Evolution of Filipino Christian Way of Life
|ANTONIO BANTUG, one of the early santo collectors in the Philippines.|
|A CONGREGATION OF FOLK NINOS|
This collection of religious arts revolves around the Filipino way of life, its customs and mores; in other words, it traces the development of our Hispanic culture today from the time that our forefathers embraced the Christian way of life. These artifacts—many borrowed from private collectors and from the collections of the National Museum—are mostly wooden images that date back to as far back as the 17th century.
|ECCE HOMO BUST, Bust of Christ, centuries-old.|
|A GROUPING OF PRIMITIVE SANTOS|
|PROF. GALO OCAMPON Painter|
National Museum Director, UST Professor
The flowering of the Filipino sculpture during the Spanish regime came in the 19th century.The factors that brought about the development include the natural skills of the native carvers, the presence of competent critics and the arrival of well-made images from Spain and Mexico.