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Ugu Bigyan
Town/City:  Tiaong
Province:  Quezon
13° 57.393N   121° 20.880E
Listed in Gallery:   Artist's Workshop

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Augusto "Ugu" Bigyan is a ceramics artist.  Ugu produces dinnerware sets,
decorative tiles and accent pieces for finishing walls and flooring. He enjoys great patronage from well-known individuals, up-scale hotels and posh resorts such as Amanpulo, Campo Travieza, Casa Patricia, El Nido, Hidden Valley and Villa Escudero.  His residence cum workshop is located at
 Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon.

Aside from artistically displayed clayware, Ugu's workshop/showcase offers quaint huts
with which one can relax and leisurely enjoy a lush garden trimmed with terracotta chimes,
fountains and koi ponds.  Meals are served but must be arranged in advance.

How to get there

How to get to Tiaong Quezon:  From Manila, take the South Luzon Tollway all the way
to the south end.
 At the end of the tollway, after the toll plaza, take the exit that points to Lucena
and simply drive along this national road until you reach the Sto. Tomas junction.
 Sto. Tomas has two junctions,
and one of which (the second) does not have any road sign when we passed by.
 Anyway, on both juctions, take the road to the left (southeastward) toward
Lucena.  This will take you through Alaminos then San Pablo Laguna.  At
San Pablo junction, just follow the highway, veering to the right and bypassing the
city.  Do not enter San Pablo proper.   Next town after San Pablo would be Tiaong.

From Tiaong: From the Tiaong market, continue further southwest along the
national road.  After about 240m, the road will turn sharply to the left.
 Continue down the road southeast.  About 480m from the turn you will see the
Tiaong Municipio on your right.  Continue travelling for another 2.4km from the
municipio until you see the Tiaong Rural Bank on the left side.  If you prefer looking
at kilometer posts, this rural bank is a few meters after KM98.  Turn left at the
small street just before the rural bank.  600m into the street, after crossing a
rail road halfway, you will see a sign 'Alvarez Village'.   Turn left, and barely
90m from the corner, you will see a distinctly different house constructed from bricks
on the left side. This is Ugu's workshop-residence.

Waypoint narrative by: ChachaVG 2002



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