Known as the premier ecclesiastical sculptor of Betis, Willy Layug has earned fame for his immaculate sculptures that became the center for his features in numerous news articles as well as the full-length movie entitled ‘Dukit’.
Sta. Ursula, Betis is noted for being the prime woodcarving site in the province, and while the best religious figures and sculptures can be seen here, the woodcarving art and tradition is actually vanishing but is being maintained by Willy Layug. Betis Galleria is surely the best place to extend your knowledge about woodcarving traditions and religious art appreciation.
The legacy set by Willy Layug is reflected through his artworks, hence his brilliant religious sculptures has claimed reputation in Betis. These artworks can be viewed in Betis Galleria, a shop owned by Willy Layug where it showcases his best pieces as well as the evolution of his works. His works were even named as being the best among ecclesiastical art in the country by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Following the woodcarving traditions that once boomed in Betis,
Willy Layug became the living legacy who maintained the tradition and kept it alive despite the modernization of today’s market. He has applied the ‘realism’ techniques he learned from Calle Betis, Seville, Spain during his early years as an artist and is now visible and best reflected in his artworks displayed in the famous galleria. From clay modeling to being a renowned artists and sculptor, he became a pride of not only Betis, but also the province of Pampanga.
The art gallery is located in Sta. Ursula, Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. Not only fans of his works can visit the art gallery, but art lovers will also appreciate the influences of culture and tradition that is deeply presented in his ecclesiastical sculptures.