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Baguio City honors COVID-19 frontliners with stone sculpture  

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Baguio City honors COVID-19 frontliners with stone sculpture  

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) — City officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong   unveiled a river stone sculpture called “The Golden Blood”   in recognition of the many sacrifices and dedication of all COVID-19 frontliners who continue to serve and protect the people.

The eight-foot art piece  patterned  to a drop  of  blood plasma  with hallowed  middle  that portrays  the  frontliners for all their sacrifices  in  the battle against the coronavirus disease, stands  at the Rizal Park below the city hall.   

A blood plasma -look marker erected  at Rizal Park in Baguio City  honors  frontliners for their the seflless services  n  the fight against all  Covid-19 frontliners.

Inscribed at the bottom of the sculpture reads,  “Behold the modern day heroes, dressed in white, in camouflage, in all colors, braving against the unseen enemy , saving lives of humanity.” 

The art piece    was  crafted by internationally-awarded Cordilleran sculptor Gilbert “Bergano” Alberto. It took him three months to finish the art work. that was unveiled last Feb. 15. 

‘I am asking everyone to appreciate and respect the art work because it is dedicated to our dear frontliners, who are risking their lives to protect us from Covid-19,’  he said.

The project is a collaboration between the City Government and the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB).

SOCOB member  Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda said  they recognize  the work and selfless sacrifices of the front liners and  and they thought  of  honoring them with an artwork.

The  SOCOB conducts the annual search for outstanding citizens  to be awarded during the Baguio Charter Day on September 1, but last year they decided to forgo the search because of the pandemic . Instead they opted to  erect a marker as a tribute to the frontliners. (JDP/JBZ PIA CAR)