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Isabelo Tampinco (19 November 1850 – 30 January 1933) was a Filipino sculptor known for his woodcarvings for churches. Out of a desire to create a uniquely Filipino style, he incorporated native flora and fauna designs in his Art Nouveau style woodcarvings. A Chinese mestizo and a direct descendant of Rajah Lakandula, he was born in Binondo, Manila. He apprenticed in the carving shops of Binondo and enrolled in the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, Manila’s art academy, studying sculpture under Agustin Saez and Lorenzo Rocha. He was hailed as one of the most outstanding sculptors of his time and was admired by Jose Rizal.
- Medal of merito civil for his sculptures (1880)
- Silver Medal at the Tercentenary Celebrations of Saint Theresa of Avila (1882)
- Silver Medal and Diploma of Honor at the Philippine General Exposition in Madrid (1887)
- Gold medal at the Exposicion Universal de Barcelona (1888)
- Gold medal at the Exposicion Regional de Filipinas (1895)
- Gold medal at the St. Louis Exposition (1904)
 Prominent works
- Façade of the Manila Cathedral
- High relief on the molave door of the Santo Domingo Church
- Main altars of the Laoag Cathedral
- Woodcarvings of the San Agustin Church
Tampinco was first married to Victoria Jocson and later, to Carmen Angeles. He had a son with Jocson named Angel and another son with Angeles named Vidal. Angel and Vidal eventually became artists.
- Duldulao, Manuel. A Century of Realism in Philippine Art (2nd rev. ed.). Quezon City: Legacy, 1992.
- http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=53937 Jorge, Rome. “Rediscovering the roots of Philippine sculpture” in The Manila Times.