Pepper Teehankee's "Kudos, Edwin Wilwayco!" / The Philippine Star / by ALARICE FRANCISCO

Loby and Edwin Wilwayco with Nel Reformina.

Loby and Edwin Wilwayco with Nel Reformina.

Kudos, Edwin Wilwayco!
Written By: Pepper Teehankee
Date: March 3, 2017

My friend, artist Edwin Wilwayco, recently mounted two shows titled Luminans and Octo Gravitas at The Gallery of 8 Rockwell building in Makati City.

Edwin’s friends from his Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at the University of the Philippines like John Lesaca (with wife Malou), former Philhealth president and CEO lawyer Alex Padilla and Abel Manliclic were present.

Also at the event to support Edwin were Dr. Marcelito Custodio from New York and Nel Reformina from Davao, art collectors Robbie Santos and Manny Faustino, artists Dominic Rubio, Vincent de Pio, Aileen Lanuza, Jean Marie Syjuco and son Julian and Leon Gallery’s Jaime Ponce de Leon.

After the shows at The Gallery, Edwin’s works were transferred to Galerie Stephanie in Quezon City (Luminans) and Galerie Joaquin in San Juan City (Octo Gravitas) for a simultaneous run.

Edwin, who divides his time between Providence in Rhode Island and the south of Manila, has developed a huge following of collectors and friends in his more than four decades of artistic journey.

Luminans’ pieces were mostly minimalist white, black and gray with accents of color. The Octo Gravitas set, with pieces resembling abstractions of the figure eight, was more colorful. Octo in Latin means eight and gravitas is weight. Both exhibits were critical and commercial successes.