- a feat at that time yet unreplicated even in highly industrialized
countries. That he was self-taught, with hardly any predecessor,
mentor, or influence to emulate, makes his achievement all
the more outstanding.
reputation extends to art circles and patrons in Asia, Europe
and the United States. Among his art awards is a special prize
he won called “Mr. F Prize” in the 1999 Toyamura
International Sculpture Biennale, Japan. Subsequently in the
year 2000, he won the First Prize in the Sculpture Category
of the II International Biennale of Basketball in the Fine
Arts, Madrid, Spain. His masterpieces place him, in international
appraisals of the art, among the gurus Dale Chihuly of the
United States and Bertil Vallien of Sweden.
He has been conferred two prestigious ASEAN Awards in the
field of Visual Arts and recently in 2006 he was bestowed
The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for having led a life
of excellence in the field of Arts and having contributed
immensely to public welfare and national development.