Thursday, April 18, 2013

Viaje del Sol: Brass Sculpture at Carlito's, Part 2 of 7

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Our 2nd stop of the Viaje del Sol is Carlito's Workshop. We headed from Tiaong, Quezon to Barangay Sta. Ana in San Pablo City to get to this 1.5 hectare property. The place is teeming with plants and shrubs unique to San Pablo. 

Carlito Ortega is a renowned brass sculptor. He works with old hardwood and welded brass. He is most gracious enough to entertain us with stories of his humble beginnings as an artist as well as treat us to a merienda of ginataang halo halo and hot steaming coffee. 

After having been full with Filipino snacks and sights of his artworks, he then took us to his workshop to teach us a thing or two how to make a brass sculpture, using some welding machines and some wooden tools.

This is the entrance gate to the 1.5 hectare property of the Ortegas.

This is the sprawling villa that will greet you upon entering that iron gate.

The garden is adorned with thick-haired shrubs reminiscent of 'hairy' fairytale-like creatures.

We were served with ginataang halo-halo (a local snack with mixed sticky glutinous rice, ube, jackfruit or "langka", and some mini tapioca pearl or "sago". Hot coffee were served as we listened to Carlito regale us with great stories of his art journey.

Sculptures which are mostly gifts from friends hung above the ceiling which continues to inspire him in his work.

The master sculptor at work in his shop with a welding gun and some brass, showing us how an art piece is done, Carlito's way.

A work in progress for his Kristo exhibit for the Holy Week in Megamall.

With Carlito in his workshop. Thank you for allowing us this chance to get a glimpse of an artist at work.

Barangay Sta. Ana, San Pablo City
Mobile: +93 919 837-7755

Blogger's Note: It is recommended to make prior reservations and arrangements to ensure that Carlito is in his workshop to see him at work. Entrance fee is P150/head.

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  1. Hi! How far is the Kinabuhayan Cafe from Manila? How long is the travel time? Can we do day tour only? Thanks!

    1. Hi Anonymous!

      Kinabuhayan Cafe is around 2-3 hours from Manila by car. You can do day tours if you like. You can visit this plus so many other sites as well and be back before the sun goes down.

      Keep Walking!
      Pinay Explorer