Pinoy Wins ‘Ice Sculptures Contest 2019’ In France

A Filipino from Paete Laguna has won the 28th Edition of the International Ice Carving Competition in Valloire in France.

The competition was held from January 15 to 18 in France. Participants used transparent blocks of ice, different techniques and more precise tools is needed to keep the ice transparent despite changing temperature and weather.

Out of 20 sculptors from all over the world, the masterpiece “Sitting” made by Rogel Cabisidan stood out. It was an eye catcher because of it’s high-precision spike hair and the ice stayed transparent.

“Nagustuhan ng judges kasi transparent ang yelo at walang crack kasi maganda ang temperature lalo sa gabi -12 to -8 kaya na-maintain namin ang ganda ng yelo. Nag-stay kami hanggang 1 o’clock para kasi doon ang maganda ang yelo. Maganda magtrabaho kasi matigas tapos pwede kang magdikit ng yelo. Hindi siya matutumba kasi malamig,” (The judges liked it because the ice was transparent and there were no cracks. That’s because the temperature was favorable -12, -8 so we were able to maintain the quality of the ice. We stayed until 1 o’clock when the ice was strong and the best quality to work on. You can attach a piece on it and the figure wouldn’t break because of the freezing temperature.)” he said.

Cabisidan said that he has been joining competitions since 2012, and it is the first time that he won the first prize.

He learned about the art of carving at the age of 14 in his hometown in Laguna. From then on, he pursued his passion on carving and has tried working with various materials like wood, vegetables, fruits, cheese, butter and chocolates. Yet, he decided to try carving on ice.

Now, Cabisidan works as a chef in a cruise restaurant in Lyon, France.

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