Ed Castrillo, monuments builder; 73

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  • Top sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, builder of some of the most familiar monuments to  two generations of Filipinos across the country, died on Wednesday morning. He was 73.

    Writer-artist Jeannie Javellosa told the Inquirer that the sculptor succumbed to cancer at 10:45 a.m. at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City.

    Javellosa said Castrillo was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. The cancer lately spread to the stomach and bones, she disclosed.

    “He had been suffering so much this week, he wanted to go,” said Javellosa.

    The art world was devastated.

    “His passing on is a great loss to me personally and to the art world,” said sculptor Ramon Orlina.

    Orlina said Castrillo was godparent to his daughter Ningning while he was godparent to the Castrillo’s son, Ovian.

    “I am a great admirer of his art and his influence on me in some of my abstract forms cannot be denied,” Orlina said. “I shall surely miss him.”

    Castrillo broke into the art scene in the 1960’s for his modernist sculptures that made use of brass and metal fashioned into abstract forms.

    edcastrillo-pietaThe Virgin, Pieta 

    Born in 1942 in Santa Ana, Manila to a jewelry-draftsman father and a homemaker mother, Castrillo originally started as a jewelry designer for Estrella del Norte.

    He later studied fine arts on a scholarship at the University of Santo Tomas, the cradle of modern art in the Philippines.

    After his studies, he became known for his installations, “The Virgin” at La Loma Cemetery and “Youth’s Cry of Defiance” in Fort Santiago in 1966.

    Perhaps because he had been making crucifix or cruciform designs at Estrella del Norte and also because of his studies at UST, Castrillo also became known because of his sacred sculptures.

    His most famous sacred sculptures are the Pieta and Last Supper at Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque.

    Because he was working with the difficult metal alloy medium of brass, his representational sacred works also assumed certain abstract

    dimensions that made them modern.

    Redemption, People Power

    Perhaps his most famous abstract monument very familiar to the public is “Redemption” at the Metrobank Plaza on Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati.

    But the public is most familiar with Castrillo’s representational patriotic monuments because of their size and ubiquity.

    They include the Spirit of Pinaglabanan in San Juan City; People Power Monument on Edsa, Quezon City; Rajah Soliman in Malate, Manila; Bonifacio and the Katipunan Revolution near the Manila City Hall; Spirit of Edsa at RCBC Plaza in Makati; and Cebu Heritage Monument.

    His sacred works can be found in several churches such as Our Lady of Loreto in Bustillos, Manila and the beautiful metal-and-wood crucifix at Don Bosco Church in Makati.

    National Artist nominee

    Castrillo was likewise commissioned to do monuments in Saudi Arabia, Poland, Brunei Darussalam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

    Castrillo has been nominated to the National Artist Awards.

    Javellosa said Castrillo’s remains would lay in state at his studio in Molino, Cavite. No burial date has been set, she added.(L.Zulueta, INQ)

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