Orlina donates 2 sculptures for nat’l fine arts collection

Published January 8, 2021, 6:28 PM

by Hanah Tabios

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) received two new sculptures from contemporary Filipino glass sculpture Ramon Orlina to enhance the National Fine Arts Collection. 

These are “Community of Joy”, made from carved peach amber glass, and “Elegance in Simplicity”, from carved green glass. 

Orlina, accompanied by his wife Lay Ann, turned over the art works to the National Museum.  Director-General Jeremy Barns and Deputy Director-General for Museums Ana Labrador received the gifts.

“The Orlina sculptures are a welcome addition to the exhibition gallery especially dedicated to Philippine modern sculpture at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and will soon be placed on display,” the NMP said. 

Orlina is the renowned pioneering glass sculptor in the country.

His latest monumental project was the 10.32 meters high, cast bronze and glass sculpture for the University of Santo Tomas called “QuattroMondial” that was unveiled in January 2011.

He opened his private art museum which includes a sculpture garden called Museo Orlina in December 2013, recognized as among the top tourist destinations in Tagaytay City, Cavite.