Leo Abaya: An Exemplar in Visual and Production Design
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Leo Abaya: An Exemplar in Visual and Production Design

THE placid sea viewed through the Buzz Café Galeria where the investigator drops by cannot stay lethargic one sunny afternoon. It is not because of any fanfare or party, but because he is about to meet a luminary who now stands tall both as an artist-mentor and film production designer. I wonder how this exemplar looks like; I only contacted this artist through mobile text message, so after a minute, I look around the café and ask a medium-built man wearing eyeglasses with a black shirt, grizzled hair reaching a little lower than his shoulders. This must be him. Leo Antonio C. Abaya (b. December 13, 1960) does not anymore stay in Bohol because his flair in both fields requires his presence in the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-Diliman) College of Fine Arts where he currently teaches as a Professor of art practice in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Likewise, his art commissions require his proximity to the national art scene. While vacationing in his hometown, one of Bohol’s leading lights in the arts gives his time to share his story. “I have had a relatively happy childhood,” says Abaya while sipping a cup of coffee. “If ever there […]

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