Basketball player inspired Calungsod portrait?

Posted at 08/30/2012 8:18 PM | Updated as of 08/30/2012 8:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The now famous portrait of Blessed Pedro Calungsod was based on the interpretation of an artist.

However, it was not based on the face of a basketball player, Barako Bull Energy’s Ronald Tubid, an advocate insisted.

Quoting Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson, CBCP News reported that the painter, Rafael del Casal, used his own interpretation and imagination of the image of Calungsod.

Leyson is the lead advocate for Calungsod’s sainthood.
The portrait was used during a beatification in 2000. It will again be used during the canonization rites on October 21, 2012.

Calungsod will be the second Filipino to be declared saint. San Lorenzo Ruiz was canonized in 1987.

“When we asked del Casal about this, he reiterated that the painting was the product of his own inspiration but not based on face of professional Filipino basketball player Ronald Tubid. So we told him to declare that to the public through a letter so that they will know,” Leyson added.

He said del Casal was never asked by the media for clarification on his inspiration.

In a March 2000 article from the Philippine Star, Fr. Catalino Arevalo of the Cebu archdiocese was reported to have said that Tubid was chosen from over 100 candidates to stand in as a model for the painter.

"My feelings were very strong that Tubid had the young blessed's feature," Arevalo said then.

Even Tubid was interviewed. He was still then with the University of the East Red Warriors. He said friends even started calling him “Pedro”.