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    Artist Pando Manipon opens 3rd solo exhibit at NCCA Gallery

    ‘Leaf artist’ Fernando ‘Pando’ Manipon PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARVIN ALCARAZ

    ‘Leaf artist’ Fernando ‘Pando’ Manipon PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARVIN ALCARAZ

    FERNANDO “PANDO” MANIPON, famous ready-to-wear (RTW) designer and leaf collage artist, opened his third solo exhibit entitled Portraits of Glory and Decay at the National Commission for Culture and Arts’ (NCCA) Gallery on November 7.

    Portraits of Glory and Decay presents in the most detailed way the grandeur that belies the history of Catholicism in the archipelago. Manipon employed mediums largely based on dried leaves. He translated his expertise with the manipulation of fabric into an artistic employment of fallen leaves to recreate a number of note-worthy visual works.

    Featured in his exhibit are the four Baroque churches in the Philippines conferred as Unesco World Heritage Sites and the different local churches destroyed in the Visayan quake that hit the region early this year. It also hailed remarkable religious structures from around the world—The Notre Dame and its North Rose Window, the La Sagrada Familia of Barcelona, the Chartres of France—along with other notable religious images touched by his artistry, Pieta, Our Lady of Manaoag, and the Shroud of Turin.

     Leading the exhibit opening (from left) Fr. Peter Casiño, nCCa OIC-Executive director adelina Suemith, Marinqudue Gov. Carmencita Ongsiako-Reyes, Fr. Harold Rentoria, artist Pando Manipon and Marinduque Rep. Gina Reyes

    Leading the exhibit opening (from left) Fr. Peter Casiño, nCCa OIC-Executive director adelina Suemith, Marinqudue Gov. Carmencita Ongsiako-Reyes, Fr. Harold Rentoria, artist Pando Manipon and Marinduque Rep. Gina Reyes

    Highlighted in the exhibit is an ostrich egg on which Manipon laid out the leaf-mosaic façade of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Displayed in its vitrine platform, the artist shows the grand Saint Peter’s Basilica, its plaza, including the obelisk through a dorsal view of the work with its meticulously cut dried leaves giving it a gold-like glow. The piece is believed to be endowed as a gift for the Pope on his Holiness’s papal visit scheduled for January of next year.

    A detailed description of this piece and of the other featured work was written by Maria Lourdes de Vera and is made available in a give-away souvenir and invitation.

    The artist will also be hosting a leaf collage demonstration on November 24.

    Portraits of Glory and Decay will be on view until November 30 at the NCCA Gallery, located at the NCCA Building 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, call 527-2192 and look for Mimi Santos, head of the Curatorial Team, or e-mail nccagallery09@gmail.com.

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