National Artist Napoleon Abueva dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) — National Artist Napoleon Abueva died on Friday morning. He was 88.

His daughter, Amihan, confirmed his death.

Abueva's wake will be in the Delaney Hall of the University of the Philippines Chapel starting Friday, after 7 p.m.

A native of Bohol, Abueva was only 46 when he received the Philippines' National Artist recognition — making him the youngest recipient of the award.

He is known as the "Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture. "

Abueva had been confined at the National Kidney Transplant Institute, where he was being treated for pneumonia since December 31, according to his Facebook page.

On January 31, his family posted on his page, saying he was in need of blood donors after undergoing bladder surgery.

In a Twitter post, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila extended their condolences.

Malacañang also extended its condolences to the late National Artist.

"He will forever be honoured as a renowned virtuoso whom future generations of Filipino artists will look up to. We pray for the repose of his soul," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Abueva was the sculptor of the Teodoro M. Kalaw bronze statue in front of the National Library, the Nine Muses (1994) in the University of the Philippines Diliman, and the marble murals at the National Heroes Shrine in Mt. Samat, Bataan.