TOYM IMAO Artist: sculptor + painter
January is the birth month of Melchora Aquino, more popularly and affectionately known as Tandang Sora. She was 84 years old when she became the Mother of the Philippine Revolution for her selfless support to the Katipuneros.

Much of what we now know of as Tandang Sora in Quezon City was owned by her family. She lost her properties when she was captured by the Spaniards and deported to Guam.

In recognition and appreciation of her kindness towards her countrymen, the Tandang Sora Shrine was built last 2008 by former Mayor Sonny Belmonte and sculptor Toym Imao in the place where she lived most of her life.

The shrine includes a park, a mini-museum, a sculptural tableau and murals telling the story of the life of this remarkable woman.

The Tandang Sora National Shrine is located in Banlat, Quezon City.

Photo by Aurora Lim


TOYM IMAO is multi-media visual artist. He is a sculptor (brass, bronze and wood), painter, writer and film maker. He first trained in the arts under Philippine National Artists for the Visual ArtsNapoleon V. Abueva and Abdulmari Asia Imao (his father.) His formal training came from the University of the Philippines (Architecture) and Maryland Institute College of Art (Sculpture). He studied film under premier Philippine director Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He credits his mentor National Artist for Literature Alejandro R. Roces for his passion for Philippine history and culture.

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