Conversations about: Isabelo Tampingco, 1850 – 1933, sculptor


  1. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

    The Tampinco House and Studio in Arlegui Quiapo has a lot of unfinished works of Isabelo Tampingco and his son Vidal Tampingco. I hope the Building can be declared by National Historical Institute as building with National Importance so that it can be preserve and help in the restoration of Tampingco collection left in their studio

    The owner of the house of precast Inocencio de Leon apprentice in the shop of Vidal Tampingco in Quiapo

  2. Samito Jalbuena said,

    November 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Another example of Tampingco’s work is seen on the corniches of the main hall of the National Museum. Restored in 1991-92 for Far East Bank’s donation of around a hundred or two hundred Lunas to the museum (bought from a Luna-McCrae in New York to celebrate the bank’s anniversary, although the bank was soon absorbed by BPI), the panels are still visible amidst the recent dark green coloration of the main hall.

  3. Enrique Bustos said,

    October 6, 2010 at 5:01 am

    A beautiful and elaborate carved ceiling by Isabelo Tampingco in Reception Hall of Malacanang Palace that was installed in the 1930’s during the American Occupation of the Philippines. The panels depicted vases of flowers against a lattice background.The Tampingco woodwork was remove during the renovation of Malacanang Palace for the silver wedding anniversary of President and Mrs Marcos in 1979 because it was said that Mrs Marcos did not like it because of the curved and in some eyes gave the room a coffin shape. The Tampingcos panels were replaced with two facing balconies but according to Jorge Ramos the architect commissioned by then First Lady Imelda Marcos for the Renovation of Malacanang Palace the Tampingco panels was really meant to be put back but when it was in storage they were damaged by termites and the panels disappeared from the Palace warehouse according to the stories then the Tampingco panels ended up in an Antique shop in Manila.

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