Last August 26, 2014, the Santuario San Antonio Parish signed a contract agreement with the Lopez Museum for the art restoration of the two works of art, by renowned Filipino National artist Fernando Amorsolo. His paintings entitled “Stigmatization of St. Francis” and “Sermon to the Birds” are the two sizeable paintings located at the side main entrances of the church.
Representing our parish is Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM, Chairperson Ms. Helen Ong and PPC President Jayme Blanco whilst the Lopez Museum was represented by its Director Ms. Mercedes Lopez Vargas. Also present were Assistant Chairperson Ms. Carina Lebron, PPC Vice President Mr. Edmund Lim, PPC Secretary Ms. Cristina Teehankee, SSAP Finance Ms. Lita Ascalon, Past PPC President Mr. Michael Limpe, Lopez Museum Exec. Asst. Ms. Margarita Villanueva, Lopez Museum Conservationist Ms. Maita Reyes. Likewise, the donors were invited to witness the said event.
Ms. Mercedes Lopez Vargas explained that the conservation of the two Amorsolo murals will be undertaken by the Roberto M. Lopez Conservation Center of the Lopez Museum. The project is estimated to take place in three phases over the course of 18 months. The first phase entails project preparations where the contract will be finalized, teams assembled, requirements constructed, and special materials ordered and prepared. The second and third phases each entail the protection, de-installation, transportation, conservation and re-installation of the painting and frame, as each mural will be conserved one at a time.