Master woodcarver Magno Gaza is currently exhibiting of some 100 pieces of his religious works at the ground floor cloisters of the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros.
A native of Betis, Pampanga, Gaza is a protégé of his first cousin Maestro Juan Flores, who like him belong to a clan of wood carvers. At a young age, he was already exposed to the art of woodcarving, learning woodcarving by day and attending regular schooling by night.
Gaza started as an apprentice in 1962. Through the years, he acquired the mastery of the art as a carver, designer, and local furniture maker. In the 1980s he became one of the key persons to introduce the Philippine made furniture accepted by the world market.
He has done commissioned wood works at St. Jude Church near Malacañang, Heritage Hotel, Malate Church, Our Lady of Loreto Church, Holy Family Church, St. Ferdinand Parish Church in Ilagan, Isabela, St. Rose of Lima Parish Church in Gamu, Isabela, Malacañang Palace, San Fernando Pampanga Capitol, St. Ferdinand Parish Church in Isabela, and San Agustin Church and Museum.
The exhibit runs until December 20.