Vibal Foundation and the National Museum gave a fitting tribute to Filipino master sculptor Isabelo Tampinco with the launch a book that explores his life, art and influences on August 28.
Held at the National Museum’s Old Senate Hall—that showcases the work of Tampinco himself—the event finally unveiled to public The Life and Art of Isabelo Tampinco, a book by Dr. Santiago Albano Pilar.
In the book, Pilar presents a comprehensive gallery of his extant works, as well as archival photographs of his lost masterpieces. While the ravages of war obliterated much of his work, what remains—showcased in the book—cements Tampinco’s status as one of the greatest Filipino masters.
The launch is a proud success for couple Ernie and Araceli Salas, who pioneered the project, in cooperation with the National Museum and the Vibal Foundation Inc., the corporate philanthropy arm of Vibal Group.
In attendance were the people behind the book, as well as noted Filipinos in the arts and culture sector including Cultural Center of the Philippines president Raul Sunico, National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe de Leon Jr., Galleria Duemila owner Silvana Diaz, and contemporary sculptor Ramon Orlina, among others.
Tampinco’s living descendants also graced the event. Also supporting the endeavor was The Manila Times president executive editor Dante Ang 2nd.