Leaf of faith: Paclibar's renderings of (from left) the Eusebio Villanueva Building in Calle Real, and the Iloilo Convention Center at Iloilo Business Park. Images courtesy of Edimar Paclibar
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LOOK! This Ilonggo shows pride in his city by capturing its landmarks through leaf art

Looking for a medium to start a hobby? As the Beyoncé song goes, “To the leaf, to the leaf.” 
ABS-CBN News | Oct 06 2020

Ilonggos take a lot of pride in their city, especially how it has transformed over the past few years. Take Edimar Paclibar, a 27-year old artist from Jaro. Edimar recently posted pictures of his personal project on Facebook: capturing Iloilo’s landmarks through his leaf art. 

Edimar is one of many Pinoys who stumbled upon a new hobby because of the lockdown. He started creating images through his leaf cutouts last July, and has done a few portraits including that of city mayor Jerry Treñas which got the architecture grad some local media attention. 

The statue of Datu Paiburong at Iloilo Esplanade. Right: by the statue of General Martin Teofilo Delgado at Iloilo Business Park.

The tributes to Iloilo is a new project. “Ginawa ko lang po mga last week,” Edimar tells us. “Naisipan ko po gawin yung leaf art regarding Iloilo City to challenge myself if kaya ko po ma-achieve yung mga figures ng mga famous landmarks dito sa Iloilo City through leaf art. And also to share na rin po the beauty that our city can offer especially sa mga hindi pa nakakapunta sa Iloilo City.” 

From left: a leaf art of the Arroyo Fountain, and a portrait of Mayor Jerry Treñas.

Edimar prefers to use the leaves of talisay, or dahon ng langka for his art—both have substantial thickness and are less prone to tearing. Each portrait takes about two hours to do, says Edimar who is currently working as project coordinator at a Stone Depot. 

Does he perform his cutouts in the presence of the landmarks? “Ah for now hindi pa po para iwas muna sa COVID,” says Edimar. He just brings his finished work to the location of the landmark to take a picture of his piece. As of Monday, Iloilo City remains in the top 10 provinces with the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country.