Tuesday, 28th April 2015

Click Icon to Share this post

Share

 

By: Tara Yap

THE bronze statue atop the dome of the seven-storey new City Hall was unveiled Thursday as Iloilo City celebrated its 74th Charter Day.

The 15-foot lady bronze statue known as “Ang Lin-ay Sang Iloilo” is symbolic of Iloilo’s rich history and culture.

Designed by Ilonggo artist and UP Visayas professor Edward “Ed” Defensor, the lady statue drew inspiration from the bountiful agricultural land that has made Iloilo one of the country’s top rice producers.

“It was in my mind 15 years ago what you see as the graceful figure of a peasant girl standing valiantly and proudly on a harvested field of rice,” Defensor said.

“I envisioned a symbol associated with our rice industry. Iloilo could not be represented otherwise since we have always been known as the rice granary of the whole Visayas,” Defensor stressed.

While the statue sits atop the dome of what would be the seat of power of the City of Iloilo, the artist said it symbolizes the Ilonggo.

“When you say Ilonggo, you don’t specify whether it is of the province or the city. A symbol for one may as well be a symbol of the other,” Defensor emphasized.

The artist also incorporated the four socio-economic assets that has made Iloilo only second to Manila during the Spanish colonial period.

The Lin-ay is standing on a pedestal with four sides, which represented Iloilo’s robust industries of farming, sugar cane, fishing, and a great educational center.

Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog said that the Lin-ay will become an added attraction to the city and will also symbolize the achievements of the Ilonggos.

However, the new City Hall remains unfinished. Mabilog originally planned to have it inaugurated yesterday to coincide with the 74th Charter Day.

Businessman and publisher Rommel Ynion has a pending complaint for graft against Mabilog before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas alleging that the construction of the new City Hall is grossly overpriced.

 

Opinion new Banner
Click image for full view
Mayweather Jr. tries to break the 48-0 jinx

April 28, 2015 02:12 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Boxing is a sport. We allow each other to hit each other, but I’m not treating my opponent like an enemy. We’re doing a job to entertain people.” – Manny Pacquiao Read more...

Manokan sale

April 28, 2015 02:20 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

BEFORE tackling this issue, is there a plan by the present city government to sell the old City Hall? The City Mayor’s Office is reportedly looking for the deed of donation of this property and probably trying to check the conditions of the

Read more...
Holiness occasioned by sin

April 28, 2015 02:36 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to remind ourselves that holiness can be occasioned, (not caused, of course) by sin. And so we have to devise a spirituality that recognizes this very important fact and acts on it accordingly. Read more...

Removal of Filipino and literature subjects in college

April 28, 2015 02:42 AM

By: Dr. Rex Casiple

 

THE Supreme Court (SC) issued a stay order to indefinitely suspend the implementation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum which orders the removal of the Filipino subject and Panitikan (Literature) from the college General Education Curriculum (GEC), as core courses. Read more...

The Aguinaldo Condonation Legal Doctrine – and how it relates to Junjun Binay

April 28, 2015 02:47 AM

By: Dean Pacifico Agabin

(The author is a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law.)

THE Aguinaldo condonation legal doctrine referred to by the Chief Justice during the oral arguments in the Binay case is borrowed from American jurisprudence. In the United States, it dates back to 1887.  Read more...

Good faith

April 28, 2015 02:53 AM

By: Russ Gerber

I STILL recall the moment decades ago that my faith made a U-turn. It wasn’t so much a carefully thought-through turnaround as it was a desperate one. And it marked the end of weeks of periodic migraine headaches. Read more...

Negros News New Banner
Sports News New Banner
Business News New Banner
Community Events new Banner
About Us New banner
order Newspaper New Banner
Order newspaper
interval banner