Thursday, July 14, 2016

Culture Connect | Castrillo at 50

07.14.2016 – Most Filipinos or anyone around the world would not have heard of Mr. Eduardo Castrillo, who is known for sculpting famous metal art installations, and structures that are seen in parks or buildings that rarely get that attention.

For those who appreciate the metal statues and art installations that have been seen publicly you should salute the man who is behind all of that. This year Mr. Castrillo’s work is celebrated after fifty years and Samsung is making it happen.

Samsung and the Yuchengco Museum launch Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50, an Instagram contest, which aims to inspire Filipinos to embrace their nationalistic pride and express it on social media.

Last year, Samsung launched the Culture Explorer application in the Philippines to celebrate the Filipino culture and heritage through exhibiting various plazas in Manila. Culture Explorer is an innovative mobile application that uses augmented reality technology to help people, especially the youth, learn about Manila’s plazas and other historical landmarks.

This year, to strengthen patriotism among Filipinos, Samsung and Yuchengco Museum are hosting Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50, which would commemorate the works of nationalist Filipino sculptor, Eduardo Castrillo.

“Our collective love and passion for the Philippines and fellow countrymen are what keep us unified. Aside from encouraging the Filipinos to appreciate art, this contest also aims to provide an avenue for them to celebrate Philippine history and culture with the technology we have today. We hope that by doing such, we reinforce our countrymen’s nationalism, as being a Filipino is something to be proud of,” says Arlita Tayko-Narag, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation.

To celebrate Eduardo Castrillo’s 50th year as a professional artist, Culture Connect is set to feature his works this year. Castrillo is known as the monument maker, having produced figurative historical and religious monuments, and abstract environmental works not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.

“Castrillo’s monuments, including Binhi ng mga Bayani located in Rizal Park, and People Power along EDSA, are cultural heritage pieces of our country. Commemorating some of the turning points in Philippine history, these monuments have become testimony to Castrillo’s passion for excellence in form, technique, and spirit,” shares Jeannie Javelosa, Curator of the Yuchengco Museum.

In line with Buwan ng Wika and Castrillo’s 50th anniversary, the Instagram contest will run for the entire month of August. Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50 encourages everyone to share their pride and love for their roots and the Philippines through social media.


Raha Sulayman, 1976, Raha Sulayman Park, Malate, Manila

The Heritage of Cebu, 2001, Mactan, Cebu (History of Christianity in Asia)

The Spirit of Pinaglabanan 1974, (heroes of Phil-Am war commemorating Pinaglabanan), San Juan, 1974 – at Barrio Paraiso, Pinaglabanan, San Juan

The Light and Sound Sculptural Tableau on the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, 1991 , Rizal Shrine, Luneta

Rizal, RCBC Plaza

Life and Heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio (Relief) Shrine, Manila

Andres Bonifacio, 1987 6.3 meters, Fort Bonifacio Manila

Emilio Aguinaldo, Trece Martirez City Hall, along Governor’s Drive, Cavite

Emilio Aguinaldo, Bacoor Cavite

Binhi ng mga Bayani, environmental relief 1995 in Rizal Park (near the gardens)

Bantayog ng Mga Bayani, 1992, Quezon Avenue corner EDSA

People Power, 1993, EDSA

Spirit of EDSA, RCBC Building, Makati, 2001

Youth’s Cry of Defiance, 1966, 5.6 meters, cut and welded steel, Fort Santiago, Manila

The Cry of Tondo, 1978, Isla Putting Bato, National Housing Authority Project, Tondo, Manila

Paghimudos, Bacolod City

Katuparan ng Pangarap ng Lahi, 1989, GSIS Building, Reclamation Area, Roxas Boulevard, Manila

Diwa ng Batangueno, Batangas City

Join the contest by posting a photo of any of the select public art monuments on Instagram, and expressing what it means to you as a Filipino. Tag @CastrilloCultureConnect and use the hashtags #SamsungCultureConnect and #Castrillo50.

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