Puno ng Diwata was unveiled last November 10 at the CCP Liwasang ASEAN. This is a 54-feet installation art by Leo Gerardo Leonardo that he conceptualized for the CCP-OMNI OUTDOOR LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPETITION. “The winning proposal, entitled “PUNO NG DIWATA” was submitted by Leonardo. In keeping with the true spirit and traditions of “Paskong Pinoy” and his desire to reconceptualise and indigenize the Christmas Tree, Leonardo’s proposal is inspired by the Higantes of Angono and mythical characters of Bagobo and Manobo origin. The outdoor installation seeks to concretize the concept of a nurturing spirit, the season of giving and receiving, of healing and most importantly-that of uniting. Leonardo’s outdoor installation will be created with the assistance of the entire Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) Community, Museo Pambata Volunteers, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Painters’ Club, among other participants from the academic, theater, and visual arts communities.” ARTplus
I like how GMA News featured different angles of Puno ng Diwata, highlighting the head that was made by Marc Cosico.
Here is the ABS-CBN Feature where Gerry Leonardo shares the gist of the concept of this 55-feet artwork. You may view TV5 News Feature that highlights the Lighting Ceremony, performers and people taking photos of the Puno ng Diwata.