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RL News: Ed Castrillo’s Children Pay Homage to His Art

The Castrillo siblings’ joint exhibit celebrates the legacy of this prolific Filipino Artist


Art is mostly housed in museums and viewed by a select few, so it is the mark of a celebrated artist if his works are set out in public spaces, for everyone to see and appreciate.

Such are the works of the late sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, whose large-scale sculptures are so ubiquitous and so monumental, with most located along major thoroughfares, seen by all who go about their daily commutes. They are also all very iconic, are the locations of uprisings past and present (the People Power Monument), and even institutions of grief (Loyola Memorial Park). His works are examples of art addressing the emotions of the public, and the public reacting to the presence of the art.

What many people don’t know is that Castrillo, who passed away in May of this year, also created many small-scale pieces throughout his almost-50-year-career. His children, daughter Ovvian and son Nixio Castrillo—sculptors in their own right—are holding their joint exhibition “Anchor: An Homage To Eduardo Castrillo” to honor their father’s work, and to the artistic knowledge he had passed on to them. 

“Anchor: An Homage To Eduardo Castrillo” is on view until September 30, 2016 at Galerie Joaquin, 371 P. Guevarra St., San Juan City. The Castrillo siblings’ works use their father’s favored material—metal—but in this case, the lines are more free-flowing, the texture and finish organic, wood-like, even.

Here’s a roundup of the three of Ed Castrillo’s most popular public sculptures:

The Rajah Sulayman Monument in Malate

Installed in 1976 in the Plaza Rajah Sulayman along Roxas Boulevard in Malate, this dynamic, almost kinetic-looking sculpture shows the 16th-century Manila sovereign going into battle against Spanish troops.

“The Redemption” at Loyola Memorial Park

At the famous Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, loved ones are greeted and comforted by this massive sculpture made out of 13 different brass figures. A replica of this work can also be found at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati.

The People Power Monument at EDSA

Arguably one of Castrillo’s most popular (and populist) works, the People Power Monument, located along EDSA near White Plains in Quezon City, commemorates the People Power Revolution of 1986. Since its installation in 1993, it has become a location of various pro- and anti-government public assemblies through the years, and was once defaced with oppositionist graffiti in early 2016.

Photos: Exhibit images courtesy of Galerie Joaquin, other photos from Wikipedia, Wikipilipinas, and

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