Fernando Cacnio, the artist behind UPLift, the female version of the University of the Philippines’ Oblation, denied allegations that he copied the worl of a female Dutch artist.
Netizens noticed similarities between UPLift and “Virgins of the Apeldoorn,” a bronze sculpture created by Elisabet Bea Stienstra which features three statues of women floating at a park in the Netherlands.
“To all those [who are]asking questions: I have never seen nor heard of Ms. Stienstra or her work. Hindi ko sya kilala (I don’t know her). We’ve never been to the Netherlands,” Cacnio said in his Facebook account.
The brass sculpture, is scheduled to be officially unveiled in July.
“I was not inspired by her, I did not model my work after hers. I am not guilty of plagiarizing or copying her work, ‘Virgins of Apeldoorn.’ UPLift is my own creation.” he added.
Cacnio said it took 10 years before his creation came to a reality. UPLift is the donation of his batch (Batch 1985) to UP where he studied psychology and civil engineering.
His wife, Bing Castro Cacnio, also defended UPLift.