Meet Jinggoy Buensuceso, an artist and creative soul whose story proves that if you do what you love and love what you do, it'll reward you with success.

Jinggoy Buensuceso was only 5 years old when he began to draw and copy animals. Armed with a pen and paper, he soon moved on to copying iconic images around him, like Jose Rizal on the one peso coin—all the way to photos of Jesus. “Drawing and creating my own toys seemed second skin to me. I really enjoy it,” Jinggoy expresses.

His First Big Break

Jinggoy soon tried his hand at three-dimensional art. He fondly recalls his first sculpture at just nine years old, revealing,“I was commissioned by the Akrho fraternity to create a knuckle duster for PHP 20. After a week, the Tau Gamma asked me if I can make another knuckle duster to counter the one I made for Akrho and I made one for PHP 50. I am a weapon maker.”

After years and years of practice, his first big break came in the form of large-scale sculptures for some of the country’s biggest hotels. “[I made sculptures for] Marco Polo, Shangri-La, [and the] Grand Hyatt, including the dragon sculpture at the Green Sun entitled 'The First Pillar.' [These] opened up a bigger path for me in the Philippines and [even in] other countries.”

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