by Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN News
VANCOUVER — The Philippine Consulate in Vancouver recently turned into a mini art museum in celebration of women’s month, with the spotlight on Filipino Canadian sculptor, artist and author Ovvian Castrillo.
Castrillo is the daughter of the late Eduardo Castrillo, a renowned Filipino sculptor, whose works include the People Power Monument along EDSA and the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan.
His daughter proves art runs not only in her blood, but in the whole family as well.
The exhibit was the first time Ovvian and her 2 siblings had a show with their late father.
As a way of giving back, Ovvian had a pitch for the community, as she shared her proposal for the first Philippine Canada monument in Vancouver.
The challenge is for the community to find a location, and help her source materials for the creation.
“There are links and you see the connection — Philippine flag and you’re crossing the ocean to the north…Linking of the two cultures, the peoples, can also be representing the linking of the families.”
“We really welcome and support it, hopefully one day it will be realised. Its really about time that we of course recognize the invaluable contribution of the Fil community here in Canada, and really see the mutual benefit, and of course a symbol of the strong friendship and growing relations between our two countries,” says Consul General Neil Ferrer.
Castrillo is currently based in Fort St. John BC with her family.