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Son of Ecclesiastical Artist to stage debut with Taruc monument

Totek and his study of Luis Taruc and peasant guerillas monument

Totek Layug, the son of Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug, will be staging his artistic debut with a monument in honor of Luis Taruc and other peasant guerillas in San Luis town this coming October.  

Taruc, founder of the biggest resistance movement in the Philippines during World War II, will be portrayed in a trio of monuments with living guerrillas Praxedes Clarin and Antonio Sumang as representatives of those who joined the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap).  

Totek, the youngest son of Layug, has finished a clay maquette, a small model or third study of the monuments which will be made into life-size concrete statues. The images are a commission from San Luis businessman Abel Manliclic.  

This is not Layug’s first monument commission. Totek is the artist behind the 24-foot image of the Risen Christ along the section of Barangay Santa Ursula, West Lateral Dike in Betis District, Guagua town. 

Barcelona-educated and budding artist Totek started the project on August 9, 2019, with the vision of sharing his art to the community. Totek was also the artist who created the image of Saint Joseph in a chapel inside Clark Freeport.

Totek, who has recently come home from his studies in Barcelona, Spain, is dubbed as the “heir” to the Layug legacy in the field of the arts. The young Layug takes his father for inspiration and credits him for his love of the arts.  

Totek’s works will be featured with his father in the Dulog Sa Langit exhibition at the Manila Clock Tower Museum starting August 1.