â€œWe can mold and manipulate stone and metals to the extreme,â€ Anton Quisumbing explains as he ends his working day preparing for the â€œSimbahanâ€ (Churches) exhibit at the Social Hall of the Philippine Consulate Generalâ€™s office in San Francisco. The miniature facades of Philippine churches, chosen for their aesthetic and virginal, restorative appeal and ranging from a foot high to almost three feet, stand majestically atop their double-purpose carrying cases. Hours and days of sculpting that started in November of 2000 are blessed with bas-relief replicas carved in Mactan stone, a fossilized limestone found in the island of Mactan, Cebu. Using resin and plaster to complement other meticulous details, Anton finishes the miniatures with a patina of simulated antiquity. Thus, when a visitor enters the exhibit hall, a hushed aura of â€œsacred spaceâ€ pervades the atmosphere.