Rep. Rene Relampagos bid a friend goodbye and honored the memory of a great Boholano artist with a simple recognition from the House of Representatives.
“House Resolution No. 1695 to express the deep condolences of the House of Representatives in the passing of Esabelio Napoleon Veloso-Abueva. It is a very simple expression of appreciation to the great man that he is. May his life continue to inspire each one of us,” said Relampagos.
“Last February 16 (2018), we lost Esabelio Napoleon Veloso-Abueva or to many of us, he is simply “Billy” – an icon, an inspiration, a national treasure, an artist extraordinaire. While we grieve for his loss, I hope we also take this time to celebrate the man: a true Boholano luminary,” said Relampagos.
The congressman said Abueva is example to the youth. While he spent his early school life in Bohol, he knew when to take the chance when opportunity presents itself.
The scholarships opened doors for him and he was able to further his studies abroad under various scholarship grants including one from Harvard University. He also had a Masters in Fine Arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, United States of America.
Abueva was not afraid to take chances. He walked through the doors as it opened. Some of his masterpieces were made when he was in his twenties like the the Kaganapan, Kiss of Judas, the UP Gateway.
At age 46, he was the youngest Filipino recipient of the National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts award. Yes, he was young and he embraced it.
Abueva helped shape the local sculpture scene in the Philippines. He utilized almost all kinds of materials for his art – from hard wood to adobe, metal, stainless steel, cement, marble, bronze, iron, alabaster, coral and brass. His works are displayed in many museums in the country and abroad.
Abueva is the Philippines’ National Artist for Sculpture and is also given the title, “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture”.