A double life for sculptor Jinggoy Salcedo – Manila Bulletin
Meet this talented artist friend who leads a ‘double life’, enjoying both worlds: as a sculptor of hand-blown glass and metal and now a farmer.
They are Jinggoy P. Salcedo, the second son of Rudolfo and Angelita Salcedo, heir to the blown glass heritage of his mother, Angeli Glass Product Specialties. He has achieved remarkable success in combining his passion for metal sculpture and his mother’s unique mouth-blown glass trinkets.
Angeli was the pioneer of blown glass figurines: flowers, trees, animals and other figures mounted on thick glass bases. She started coloring the figures and they were even more attractive. Growing up, his son Jinggoy hung out in his studio, fascinated.
Angeli was also known for his glass plaques and we at Bulong Pulungan Media Forum relied on his artistically crafted glass plaques to present to our award winners, like President Noy Aquino at every Christmas party he attended. At his last Christmas party with us, we gave him a miniature all-glass “Daang Matuwid” diorama of a straight highway with mini figures, trees, buildings, and more. PNoy loved it.
Jinggoy graduated from high school at Don Bosco Technical College, then went to the Philippine School of Interior Design, then to the Philippine Women’s University.
After her marriage at the age of 19, her parents asked her to help them in the family business. He started out as a humble intern, then progressed by tinkering with the processes, then designing the products under his mother’s eagle eyes. Although he enjoyed being in the business, he felt that something else was missing in his chosen path. He asked his mother for permission to create his own line of sculptures, mixing his dexterity for metal sculpture with his hand-blown glass creations.
He experienced the ups and downs of his craft as a beginning sculptor, but with faith in God he continued to experiment, showing his creations to galleries. He had to endure refusals, but his hard work quickly paid off and he was invited to join the ManilaArt exhibition and has been included every year since then.
Jinggoy thanks the Francesca Gallery for giving him the break he needed to shine on the local art scene. It was also there that he held his first solo exhibition in 2010. “I owe a lot to the Galerie Francsca,” Jinggoy confides. Works commissioned before the pandemic from art collectors at home and abroad have arrived. And recently, commissioned works for Jinggoy have come from Ateneo Tatak Asul and the UP College of Law, classes ’97 and ’19.
His mother, Angeli Salcedo, a dear friend of mine, passed away in December 2018, a blow to her son Jinggoy. But that prompted her to turn to her mother’s Majayjay farm (barangay Malinao) in Laguna, which she wanted to turn into a vacation spot for her family. The one-hectare farm station was planted with fruit trees and the soil was rich, Jinggoy recalls.
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Although the farm (Prea Ville Resort at the time of his mother), left to the elements, needed major repairs, Jinggoy decided to rehabilitate it, by growing his rabbits, his koi carp, his birds, his turtles. and other animals he loved. The farm has lanzones, coconuts, santol, avocado, rambutan and langka. The complex has its own swimming pool, recreation rooms, etc. An environmentalist at heart, he dreams of being able to bring back the abundant flora and fauna from his mother’s farm.
Jinggoy realizes that it will take a huge amount of money to restore the farm, but he is determined and has permission from his mother’s family to restore it. His ultimate dream is to transform it into an art farm and to set up his art workshop and exhibit there. He sees himself living here, cultivating, designing, creating new works of art.
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