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irgilio R. Yap entered the Catholic seminary in 1951 at the age of 11 years. The Church, realizing his artistic potentials, later sent him to study at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila on a scholarship grant where he finished Bachelor of Arts. He was futher sent to study at the Monkato State University, Ohio State University and Notre Dame University where he finished Bachelor of Science in Art and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts.

      When he returned back from America in 1969 he assumed the post of coadjutor at the Sto. Rosario Church in Cebu. It was during this period when he conducted a series of lectures on Fine Arts to a bunch of young Cebuano artists at the Sto. Rosario convent. At that time there was no course on Fine Arts offered in Cebu.

      The artists in that group included among others the brothers Jun and Godofredo Mendoza, Kimsoy Yap, Gig and Ramon de Pio, Manuel Pañares, Tony Alcoseba, Carlota Abellana, Arsing Abella and Fred Galan. Most of them have now established a name for themselves in the local and national art scene.

      Towards the middle of the 70s, he taught Humanities at St. Theresa's College and Fine Arts at University of the Philippines-Cebu which opened up the development of non-objective art in the island long known for its traditional style of art. It was also during this period when he mounted a solo exhibition at the United States Information Service (USIS) Center in Cebu.

      Sometime in 1975 a turning point was reached. Finding himself to have little time in his hands to devote to painting because of his priestly duties, he requested Cardinal Rosales to grant him a vacation of one year. But the good Cardinal politely turned down his request.

      The Church's gain was the loss of Cebu art world; shortly thereafter he disengaged himself in his painting and wholeheartedly devoted all his time to his priestly duties.

      But towards the last few months of his life, he turned back again to painting. He prepared several canvases and resurrected his oils and acrylics long gathering dust in his attic. He left several unfinished works.

      His health and vocation may have failed him as an artist but he made sure that somebody else will carry the torch. He wrote in his will that all his art materials--oils, acrylics, brushes and empty canvases would be given to poor and deserving artists.