Roberto Acosta, a Baguio-based artist, is best known for his terracotta sculptures, and for being the recipient of the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Grand Award for Sculpture in 2016. He bagged the prestigious title with the theme of a return to Mother Nature in concept and in form for his work Biag Ti Cayo (Tree of Life). The sculpture is made from terracotta, a material straight from the earth, depicting the upper torso of a woman with her body infused with images protruding like a relief. A tree grows from the center of her body going upward together with images of goddesses, flora and fauna, and humanity living with nature, a theme which is predominant in Roberto’s works. Evident in his artworks is his advocacy to promote local culture and the use of traditional materials such as terracotta.