Tota Pulchra est Maria exhibited different Immaculate Conception statues at the side chapel near the entrance of Manila Cathedral also known as Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception .
Immaculate Conception statue in front of the Manila Cathedral facade
The statues are mostly done in the old traditional craft done by atelier Rafael Lopez , a well-known craftsman of Marian and religious images in the country. Special participation of the devotees of Barangay Ligas in Malolos City . The exhibited was opened last November 28 and will run until December 8, 2016.
Immaculate Conception statues on wooden peana with special enclosed glass container called verina ( photo courtesy of Ms. Buena Mai Tunac -student of UST college of Architecture and Postal Heritage tour participant )
There were 20 collectors which lend their personal and family heirloom religious statues at the exhibition area.
photo courtesy of the exhibitor
list of exhibitors
Mr. Raymond Naval , Ms. Monette Peralta , Mr. Justin Henry Alino , Mr. Manuel Cruz , Atty. Victor Reginald Dimacuha , Mr. Francis Jason Diaz Perez III , Mr. John Felix Concepcion Santos , Mr. Vicente Roman ” Mike ” Santos , Mr. Noel Flores , Mr. Mike Jerome Joson , Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sumera , Mr. Luisito ” Chito ” Tayag , Dr. Rafael A. Lopez, Mr. Vicente ” Jun ” Ladia , Mr. Arnualdo ” Arnie ” Macapagal , Senor Francisco Vecin , Mr. Roberto Villanueva , Mr. Jayson Moses, Mr. James A Yee, Mr. Noel Menguito
Mother Mary statues
Since some of the these religious statues are old , touching is strictly prohibited and are fragile. In fact , we saw some exhibitors at the site.
Some of the statues seems it was recently made by the same artisan with ivory heads and hands . But we must say that the craftsmanship was quite superb !
One of our foreigner friend told us that it was at par or even better than the ones that they saw in Central and South American countries .
We would like to congratulate all the exhibitors, for sharing your wonderful devotion and collections to the general public. Until Next Exhibit