Patina Artist Gallery in Banaue: An Exhibit of Delfin Campol’s Bul-ol Sculptures
When traveling to a new place, it is always heart-stopping to find a hidden trove filled with unique finds you can’t see elsewhere. In Banaue, Ifugao, you will definitely find one along the National Road in Brgy. Tam-an, just three minutes away from Banaue Hotel.
At first sight, Patina Artist Gallery exudes a kind of mystery waiting to unfold. While wooden figures guard the gates, the place still has the ability to draw you in.
You will see all sorts of panel boards and stone chairs upon stepping inside, all with one common feature–expressionless faces that are intricately carved by hand.
These are Delfin Campol’s collection of Bul-ol figures carved into wood panels, pine tree wood, and stone. The Bul-ol is an Ifugao rice god or guardian typically associated with good harvests.
More of these pieces are on the second floor of his humble abode, sitting on the balcony and overlooking the road.
Some of his panel sculptures are priced at Php 6,500 (Mother and Child) and Php 8,500 (Panel).
You may purchase these pieces on site or order through his Facebook account, Delfin Campol (Patina Ifugao Artist). The Patina Artist Gallery is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all tourists to visit.
How to get here
- From Banaue Hotel, walk towards Banaue Town Proper for 3 minutes. From the hotel, turn right on the National Road. You will see Patina Artist Gallery on your right as well.
Address: Ilogue, Brgy. Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao
Operating Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Facebook: Delfin Ocampo (Patina Ifugao Artist)
A version of this appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese Magazine (Vol. 135).