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HAU cultural awards announced

The Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion, Patis Tesoro, premier woodcarving artist Wilfredo Tadeo Layug, and book author Nina Lucia B. Tomen are this year’s recipients of The Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Awards, this was announced by the Holy Angel University.

Tesoro and Layug are both cited for Outstanding Achievement in Arts & Culture, and Tomen for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Scholarship.

The awardees will be honored during the University’s Founder’s Day celebration on March 8. Previous awardees include National Artist Bencab, film director Brillante Mendoza, linguist Anicia del Corro and historian John Larkin.

Patis Tesoro, who comes from the Pamintuan clan of Angeles City, is a champion of indigenous Philippine fibers, natural dye production and traditional arts and crafts. She revived the piña clothing industry and created a weave of piña and silk which became the affordable piña seda.

She co-founded the Katutubong Filipino Foundation, created the Ninay dolls, which are the first Filipino handcrafted dolls mounted on tableaus, and for these efforts received the Dakilang Pilipina Award and the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Services (TOWNS) Award.

Betis-born Willy Layug is the leading Kapampangan woodcarving artist today whose works include the restored Matamoros on the pediment of the Intramuros gate, the baldacchino of the Sto. Domingo Church, the San Lorenzo Ruiz & San Pedro Calungsod altar at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome, and retablos of some of the country’s major cathedrals.

Layug, who trained under Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Arteaga in Calle Betis, Seville, received the Presidential Medal of Merit for Ecclesiastical Art in 2009. His Betis Galleria provides employment to his cabalen and serves as a showcase of his unique style in carving religious icons.

Nina Tomen, native of Lubao, is a freelance researcher/writer who wrote books on Kapampangan culture, including Kuraldal Atlung Ari and Libad Bangka nang Apung Iru: Beyond the Revelry; Suli: Legacies of Santiago Apostol Church of Betis; and Apung Mamacalulu: The Sto. Entierro of Angeles City.

Tomen, wrote the narrative of the coffee-table book Luid Ka! Stories and Images of the Kapampangan Crusade for Good Governance.

She also does volunteer work on social action with the Archdiocese of San Fernando and is an advocate against rabies, having lost a son to the disease in 2008.

The awarding ceremonies will be held on March 8 at ten o’clock in the morning at the University Theatre, Holy Angel University.

Date Posted: 01-22-2013