Leslie Joy Tajale, Region XI student journalist
VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR – Nothing as lasting as a sculpture could leave a mark in Vigan City. It is a solid remembrance that once in the history of Ilocos Sur National High School, Davaoeños set foot and partnered with the locals as they tried to dominate the different sporting events in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.
Painter-turned-sculptor Jefferson Bangot, a Visual Arts teacher of Davao City National High School spearheaded the creation of four individual sculptures – one lady holding the sun and the three other ladies surrounding her.
“These ladies represent our country. The one who holds the sun depicts the Philippines and the three other ladies represents the three group of islands – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” Bangot explained in an interview.
Recognizing the big help of the host school in accommodating the delegates of Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) and in providing some of the materials like cement, Bangot said that this is a lasting memorabilia of partnership and gratitude.
“We first chose to use fiber glass but since the material is not available in the community, we opted to use cement which is more affordable, durable, and lasting,” Bangot added.
What sets this token apart from the previous years which are all ephemeral or short-lived, according to Bangot, is that this could last so long as the people of Vigan City, particularly the school community of Ilocos Sur National High School, will take care of it.
“We just hope that we can place a marker on this sculpture to explain its meaning and its message,” Bangot said.