City to rectify sculpted warriors
City officials requested the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) to rectify the clothing of the sculpted warriors on the Igorot Freedom Monument at the Igorot Garden in the city.
Under Resolution No. 250, series of 2022, city legislators stated that sculptures and monuments aside from arts’ sake, if they are being constructed to also depict historical culture and events of a host place, should be made properly and meticulously in order to correctly express their intended theme and represent the genuine culture and tradition of the place and its people.
However, the council stipulated that the proposed rectification be made in collaboration or consultation with the artists or sculptors of the said Igorot Freedom Monument.
The local legislative body adopted Resolution No. 286, series of 2001, which approved the Igorot Freedom Monument project as proposed by the National Historical Institute (NHI), accepted the BIBAK Tribe Freedom Monument as sculpted by Mr. Abdulmari “Tym’ de Leon Imao, Jr., and directed the erection of the said monument at the Igorot Garden as agreed upon between the City architect and the sculptor and approved by then City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan.
According to the council, this Igorot Freedom Monument is indeed good and beautiful and reminds the people of the bravery and struggles of the Igorots against the Spaniard colonizers, except for the observation and clamors from the public for rectification on the traditional clothing depicted on the sculpted warriors.
The council stipulated that the rectification of the clothing of the sculpted Igorot warriors will definitely address the issues and concerns being raised by the public on the said matter to ensure this will adhere to the standards of the culture and traditions of Igorots. – Dexter A. See