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The Golden Tribute to the History of Cebu

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Standing before the Insular Life Cebu Business Center stands a 40-foot sculpture created by Eduardo Castillo. “The Golden Tribute to the History of Cebu” was unveiled on the company’s 102nd anniversary, paying tribute to Cebu, as Insular Life CEO Vicente R. Ayllon said, “This will serve as an inescapable reminder to the Cebuanos about their cultural heritage.”

Crafted in a combination of brass and aluminum, the images of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, Rajah Humabon and wife Hara Amihan, and the Sto. Niño are shown standing together in the center.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama was also in attendance at the 2012 unveiling.

Insular Life, founded on November 25, 1910, is known as the first life insurance company in the Philippines.

Insular Life, founded on November 25, 1910, is known as the first life insurance company in the Philippines.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

May 10, 2014 at 8:21 AM

“We Never Fell”

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On display in front of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) for the Singapore Biennale 2013, the collection of sculptures was created by Nguyen Tran Nam of Vietnam. The figures are meant to represent different sectors of Vietnamese society.

Given the rounded bottoms of the structures, if interacting with the sculptures, they do swing but remain standing. The overall theme of the sculptures represent human adaptability and resilience, in particular, looking at Vietnam’s history and the demonstrated ability for people to change.

According to the Singapore Biennale 2013 Program: "The harder one beats down on these sculptures, the stronger they bounce back in recovery and retaliation."

According to the Singapore Biennale 2013 Program: “The harder one beats down on these sculptures, the stronger they bounce back in recovery and retaliation.”

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

City Roos

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Walking along Brisbane’s George Street, just outside the Queens Street Mall, a group of kangaroos can be seen loitering on the sidewalk. Created in 1999, sculptor Christopher Trotter installed the City Roos displays out of scrap metal.

Strategically placed in a busy pedestrian zone in Brisbane, the artist’s message is to remind people that humans need to share outdoor space with the native animals.

According to the Brisbane City Council website, “the sculptures are composed of found industrial metal and recycled materials which give a unique character to each kangaroo.”

Alongside the pictured kangaroo, there is another one standing by a tree and two relaxing on and near a bench.

Alongside the pictured kangaroo, there is another one standing by a tree and two relaxing on and near a bench.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The Wisdom Path

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A short walk from the Tian Tan Buddha on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island is the wisdom path.

Completed in May 2005, the large-scale outdoor exhibit features a series of tall wooden panels with the words of the Heart Sutra etched upon them. The project was enacted after Professor Jao Tsung-I offered the original calligraphy of the Heart Sutra to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Heart Sutra is said to be the most popular Buddhist scripture.

The exhibit is comprised of 38 columns measuring 8 to 10 meters each in height.

The exhibit is comprised of 38 columns measuring 8 to 10 meters each in height.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Posted in Art, Hong Kong, Travel

Michelangelo Mural

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In New York City, on the corner of Lafayette and Bond streets, Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” sits along a brick wall, overlooking the street below.

The original fresco can be seen on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

 

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 18, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Posted in Art, New York City, Travel

General William Tecumseh Sherman

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General William Tecumseh Sherman served under General Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War. After leading the capture of Atlanta and the march through the Carolinas, he helped lead the Union Army over the Confederacy.

He later served as Commanding General of the Army during the Grant administration.

The Central Park sculpture was created by Augustus St. Gaudens and was completed in 1903.

The statue can be found at the main entrance of Central Park, on 5th Avenue between 59th and 60th streets.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Saint Fermin / Firmin

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The statue of Saint Fermin Holding His Head is dated from 1225-75 and was made in Amiens, France.

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“Saint Firmin was a fourth-century missionary who became the first bishop of Amiens and the patron saint of that city. Here the saint is shown as if living while holding his decapitated head. This statue is said to have come from the destroyed bishop’s palace at Amiens.”

Saint Fermin is the co-patron of Navarra, in Spain. The Festival of San Fermín is celebrated with the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 29, 2011 at 5:07 AM