This Filipino sculptor hailed as the “King of Ice Carvings”.
Filipinos are naturally talented in all fields and in-demand all over the world. Despite considered as one of the third world countries yet, the Philippines is making a name internationally and it’s people are raising its flag higher than ever before.
Recently, we have won two crowns in the international pageant, Catriona Gray taking home the Miss Universe crown and Karen Gallman won the Miss Intercontinental crown. In the field of sports, Manny Pacquiao maintained his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner last January 19, 2019. Needless to say, the Philippines house world-class people.
Among those who brought pride for the country is the Filipino sculptor named Rogel Cabisida who won the 28th Valloire International Ice Sculpture Competition that was held in France last January 15-18, 2019. The competition was joined by countries like France, Russia, Denmark, and Mexico.
The 45-year-old Filipino sculptor was originally from Pete, Laguna but now residing in France for 8 years. According to Rogel, he started carving when he was young on wood, fruits and vegetables, chocolates, and even on butter. He then created a passion in ice carving when he live in Western Europe.
He took the title “King of Ice Carvings” after sculpting his a work of art on ice which he called “sitting”, simple as a woman sitting on ice.
“Nagustuhan ng judges kasi transparent ang yelo at walang crack kasi maganda ang temperature lalo sa gabi -12, -8 kaya na-maintain namin ang ganda ng yelo. Nag-stay kami hanggang 1 o’clock para kasi doon ang maganda ang yelo. Maganda magtrabaho kasi matigas tapos pwede kang magdikit ng yelo. Hindi siya matutumba kasi malamig,” he said.