Welcome to Luisito Ac-ac's Woodcarvings!

1952 - Born June 27 in Paete, Laguna, the fourth of six children of Damaso Galaboc Ac-ac, a government employee, and Emeteria Kagahastian Balandra who ran a small food stall. Paternal grandfather is Hermogenes Balandra, better known as "Tandang Mini", a fine furniture carver.

1959 - Started studies at Paete Elementary School. His drawings of still life and national heroes were often exhibited on the bulletin board.

1965 - Represented his school with two other Grave 5 classmates to an inter-school competition in Laguna. Gifted by his paternal grandmother Laureana Ac-ac with a set of five small chisels from the master blacksmith of Paete, Tandang Nano Madrigal.

1966 - Graduated from elementary with awards for Best in Work Education and as official school artist. Entered Sa Santiago High School. Employed part-time by his work education teacher Nestor Villarin who owned a woodcarving shop to do finishing work and make drawings to be executed in wood reliefs or sculpture-in-the-round by other carvers. The editors of their school paper often asked him to the covers of their school paper, "Cavalier".

1967 - Met Fred Baldemor who was already beginning to make a name for himself, and discovered that he shared the latter's admiration for the works of Francisco Coching, and famed comics illustrator.

1970 - Graduated from high school with enough money saved for college through comissioned posters, illustrations, logos, charcoal portraits and pen and ink illustraions.

1972 - Enrolled for a fine arts degree at UP-Diliman where he would be nicknamed "Numero Uno" by his classmates for his consistent high grades.

1974 - Took a job as book Illustrator at the Bookman Printing and Kayumanggi Press to support himself through college. Froilan Madriñan also helped him off hours apprenticeship under Napoleon Abueva for extra income.

1975 - Handed his first regular job at Cabrera, Cruz, Roa and Associates Advertising in Makati.

1976 - Graduated with a BFA from UP with a major in visual communications and minor in sculpture. Resided in Paete while doing illustrations for El Dorado Comics of Graphic and Atlas Publishing at P5 per page. Decided to devote fulltime to sculpture.

1978 - Married Ma. Cecilia David Agbagala, also of Paete, Laguna, on April 15.

1980 - Son Michael born February 23.

1982 - Daughter Marygrace born January 11.

1988 - Organized 20 young Paeteños into the Paete Artists Group with Dr. Fermin Madridejos, a local dentist who also sculpts. The group exhibited in Paete and in nearby towns of Laguna. Met Tony Nazareno who funded materials needed to put up his first one-man show of 35 pieces at the Vizcarra Gallery in Ermita.

1989 - Son Gary Louie born October 9. Commisioned by a Chicago-based cousin to produce works for the Philippine Fiesta at the San Francisco Civic Center.

1993 - Signed up as a contract artist by Gallery Genesis where he present his second one-man show.

1995 - Mounted his third solo show at Gallery Genesis. Made it to the finals in the National Commission for Culture and Arts competition co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Diwa ng Sining Awards.

1996 - Liceo de Paete, the former San Santiago High School, confers him with an honor.

1997 - Held his fourth one man-show at Gallery Genesis. Commissioned by Anthony Sy to produce 25 pieces for exhibition at a Los Angeles fair called "Tatak Pinoy".

1998 - Featured in the San Francisco News Magazine, and in the following TV shows: "Alas Singko Y Medya" on ABS-CBN; "Gameplan", "Five and Up", and "Extra-Extra" on GMA Network.