Monday, January 16, 2012

My First Visit in Apalit, Pampanga

Summer of 2008, went to Apalit Pampanga to meet with famed carver and "Flickr Star" Nick Lugue, but since I am in the area, I did a bit of sight-seeing...

The Workshop of Nick Lugue

Here are some of the images on display in his house/workshop:

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From L-R: Our Lady of Remedies, Pampanga's patroness; Our Lady of Consolation and Cincture

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The Twin Hearts: the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (surrounded by Marian images)

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Our Lady of La Naval de Bacolor, another well loved Marian image in Pampanga

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Nick Lugue's trademark interpretation of the del Rosario, narrow skirt frame and base

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A Nick Lugue masterpiece...Mater Dolorosa

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From L-R: An angel in mourning; and heads of religious images in the final stages of production...another trademark of Nick's work, skin that looks flesh like, simple and natural not too made up (compared to other Santeros who promote images, especially of female saints, wearing make lips and shimmer around the eyes...hay what more can I say...)

Apung Iru

Apung Iru is a term of endearment given by the people of Apalit to a seated image of St. Peter, as the first Pope. It is a larger than life ivory image adorned in the finest of garments and other metal accessories. The image's fiesta is Apalit's biggest annual celebration and is observed with a fluvial parade (June 27th-29th).

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