Anselmo Day-ag

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Anselmo Day-ag
Born 1935
Nueva Vizcaya
Died 1980

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Anselmo Day-ag was an Ilongot-Ifugao Sculptor whose works consist of mural relief, monumental landmarks and garden sculptures. His medium - stone, wood, metal, synthetic materials, sand and cement. He was born in 1935 at Nueva Vizcaya and he died in 1980.



He studied at the University of the Philippines where he took up fine arts,majoring in Sculpture and minor in Ceramics, from 1953 to 1957.



His early influence in art was taken from his years at UP where his early works manifest realistic appeal. After graduation, his style shifted to semi-abstraction due to the influence of his job in a construction firm that he owned, where he created mural reliefs and sculptures for edifices.

He staged his first one-man exhibit in 1960 at the Contemporary Art Gallery where he featured works consisting figures inspired by the tribal sculptures of the Cordilleras.One-man exhibit in PAG Rustan's gallery in Makati, Silangan gallery in Greenhills,San Juan, His fifty five version of The Last Supper in Paco Park,Manila,1973,sponsored by Doroy Valencia,to name a few.

He also built the Lion's bust in Baguio, the Eagle's arch in La Union, Battle of Mactan in Cebu, Quezon Memorial in Hundred Islands,Pangasinan, Yamashita Shrine in Kiangan,Ifugao and President Marcos' bust in La Union.



  • Storm (1954), First Prize, UP Students Art Competition
  • Grief (1956), Honorable Mention, UP Student Catholic Action Art Competition
  • Nagiigib (Fetching Water) (1956), UP Student Catholic Action Art Competition
  • The Magsaysay award in Composition (1956)
  • Goose (1956), Second Prize, Art Association of the Philippines
  • Redeemer (1958), Second Prize, Art Association of the Philippines


  • Member, League of Philippine Sculptors
  • Secretary, League of Philippine Sculptors
  • President, Sculptors' Association of the Philippines 1970


  • Pilar, S.A. "Altar". In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 333-334.
 Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  • Carballo,B.M. "The Art of Ansel Day-ag: Legend and Lore in All Media: The Sunday Times
 Magazine,October 03, 1971. 
  • "Native Themes of an Ilongot Sculptor", The Manila Chronicle,September 05,1971.
  • Abueg,J.M. "Fifty Five Versions of The Last Supper" Manila: Bulletin Today, December 27,1971.
  • Baterina, M.J. "55 Versions on wood of "The Last Supper",Manila: Bulletin Today,December 30,1973.
  • Jose, R.T. "The Day-ag Style in Art lives on" Bayombong,Nueva Vizcaya: Ti Lawag,March 13,1984.

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