The repainting of the new outdoor murals on the walls of the Bacolod North Public Cemetery is currently going on as part of the focus on the history and culture of Bacolod City that marked its 80th Charter Anniversary recently, and is part of its year-long celebration.
The Public Information Office said, the murals will show significant historical events from 1938 to the present that have defined Bacolod City and to celebrate the cultural and economic progress Bacolod has made. It will also integrate the theme of this year’s Charter Day celebration. “Full Speed Ahead!”
This project is being facilitated by Brenda Burdeos, head of the city cooperative and Livelihood Development Office.
This theme is featured in the first scene of the panorama of murals that start at the corner of Burgos and Lopez Jaena streets. The second mural focuses on the significance of agriculture to Bacolod. It will feature sugarcane farming and muscovado production. The rest of the murals are scenes from the history of Bacolod.
Cinco de Noviembre, the revolt where Negrenses tricked the Spaniards into surrendering, is depicted in the third mural as it celebrates the victory of Negrenses against the Spanish rulers.
The rapid increase of sugar centrals and the modernization of sugar milling, a significant time in Bacolod’s agricultural and economic history, is shown in the fourth mural.
The fifth mural features President Manuel L. Quezon signing the approval of Commonwealth Act No. 326, converting Bacolod from a municipality to a city, on June 18, 1938.
Bacolod artists offered the city their assistance in completing the murals. Rafael Burdeos, the mural designer, and one of the artists said, they are doing this for free for the city.
Darker periods of history are depicted in the sixth mural that features the prolonged era of widespread poverty and agricultural crises in Bacolod when the price of sugar reached an all time low. It will also incorporate the MV Don Juan tragedy, when the ferry carrying many Bacoleños and Negrenses sank.
These periods led to the creation of the MassKara Festival, which is the focus of the seventh mural as a testament of Bacolod’s unbroken spirit despite tragedies.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that since the artists are volunteering their works and the paint was provided by Davies Paints, the least the city can do is to provide lightning facilities and coordinate with the police to work on securing the area and preventing vandalism on the murals.*SCL
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