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Malacañang mourns passing of Nat’l Artist Abueva

Malacañang last Friday joined the entire nation in mourning the death of National Artist Napoleon Abueva, saying the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” will be honored forever as “a renowned virtuoso.”
“We join the entire nation in mourning the passing of an exemplary artist, known as the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a press statement.
Roque said Abueva’s unparalleled contributions to the realm of arts will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of every Filipino.
“He is remembered as the youngest Filipino to become a National Artist, who shaped the local sculpture scene to what it is now, utilizing almost all kinds of materials indigenous or native to the Philippines,” he said.
“Mr. Abueva also paved the way for the recognition of authentic Filipino talent in the global art scene, with his works installed in different museums both here and abroad,” he added.
Roque said the Palace extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Abueva who died Friday at the age of 88.
The Transfiguration at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park; the Nine Muses of the Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman; the Crucifixion at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, also in UP Diliman; Sandugo in Tagbilaran, Bohol; Sunburst at the Manila Peninsula; Kiss of Judas; Kaganapan; and the bronze figure of Teodoro M. Kalaw in front of the National Library are among his famous works.
“He will forever be honored as a renowned virtuoso whom future generations of Filipino artists will look up to. We pray for the repose of his soul,” Roque said.

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