3-year old "Dedeng" at play in the front yard of the Mercados' ancestral stone house in Bustos, Bulacan

Back to the drawing table, 1981. Figurative painting and early sculpture in the background typify the uncanny Mercado stylization of figure.

Mercado poses in 1970 with an early sample of the beaten aluminum reliefs which drew him initial fame as an upcoming sculptor.

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