Baby Duero

baby duero
Baby Duero | @natmuseumbohol via Napoleon V. Abueva 1980 Kamagong

Baby Duero

This beautiful work of art by Bohol’s very own National Artist, Napoleon V. Abueva — the Baby Duero.

Made of kamagong wood, this sculptural piece depicts the artist’s youngest child when he was still a baby.

Although Napoleon Abueva had a very tough childhood when his family experienced persecution during World War II, the great artist grew up with a heart full of compassion. He married Sergia Valles of Maribojoc and they had three children together.

Abueva wanted his children’s names to be associated with elements in nature thus his eldest and only daughter was named Amihan after the cool northeast wind, his second child was named Mulawin after the molave tree and his third and youngest child was named Duero after a river in Spain which incidentally is also the name of his hometown in Bohol.

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