National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s family wants to turn home into museum

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 24 2018 04:52 PM

National Artist for Visual Arts Napoleon Abueva was laid to rest at high noon Saturday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The family of National Artist for Visual Arts Napoleon Abueva is eyeing to convert their home in Quezon City into a museum where works of the late Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture will be displayed for the public.

Abueva, who died of a lingering illness on Feb. 16, was given state honors and laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at high noon Saturday.

“There was an idea by [Quezon City] Mayor Herbert Bautista to have the house gallery made into a museum. But that’s just in the drawing board,” Abueva’s son Mulawin told ABS-CBN News.

The Abuevas' 3,000-sqm home in Tierra Verde subdivision in Quezon City could easily fit 500 of the late sculptor’s works, his son said.

Abueva’s daughter Amihan said the family has yet to finalize plans on how they can preserve the late National Artist’s pieces.

“Ang mahalaga ay sana mas maunawaan ng mga mamamayan ‘yung kahalagahan ng mga nagawa niya. Marami sa mga nagawa niya ay nasa paligid lang pero hindi nila alam ang mas malalim na ibig sabihin nito,” she said.

Cultural Center of the Philippines officials said Abueva has about 800 notable works made out of a variety of materials including hardwood, metal, cement, and even coral.

Among his notable works are the Sunburst sculpture installed up the ceiling of the Manila Peninsula hotel in Makati City, Teodora M. Kalaw’s bronze statue in front of the National Library in Manila, the crucifix and altar in the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City, the 9 Muses sculpture in front of the UP Faculty Center, the metal installation in front of the Commission on Audit's office in Quezon City, and sculptures on the facade of the Insular Life Building along Ayala Avenue in Makati City.