Renowned Filipino artist Julie Lluch unveiled her latest masterpiece, a gleaming bronze sculpture of the hero of Batangas, Gat. Apolinario Mabini on March 8.
The sculpture was donated by the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (Faith) to coincide with the “Mabini@150” celebration this year commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of the hero.
Lluch, famed for her realistic sculptures mixed with playful symbols, was chosen to make the larger than life bronze sculpture of Mabini by Faith due to her attention to detail and experience with making portrait sculptures as seen in her famous terracotta works of art.
Some of the works of Lluch include the public sculpture commissions of Carlos P. Romulo on UN Avenue, Manila; Arsenio Lacson, Ninoy Aquino, and Emilio Javier, and Plaridel monuments on Roxas Blvd., Manila; Chief Justices Jose Abad-Santos and Cayetano Arellano, on Padre Faura St., Manila, and President Manuel L. Quezon monument in Quezon Province.
The donation of the sculpture to the people of Tanauan during the sesquicentennial anniversary of Mabini, the foremost son of Tanauan and Batangas, took place in a ceremonial turnover on January 23. The city’s head, Mayor Antonio Halili gladly accepted and signed the Deed of Donation for the Mabini bronze sculpture together with Faith president Saturnino Belen.
The sesquicentennial anniversary of Mabini with the theme “Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan” is being spearheaded by the institute which works closely with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Tanauan local government unit.
Born on July 23, 1864 in Tanauan, Batangas, Mabini is known as one of many Filipino heroes who defended the rights and freedom of the country. He was poor and suffered from a disability, but he had the intelligence and brilliance of mind that made him the “Brains of the Revolution.”
The unveiling also featured a parade of lights showcasing colorful floats and lively street dancing which went around the main streets of Tanauan. Dubbed as the City of Colors, celebration aimed to make 2014 a year to remember for both locals and visitors.
In January 2014, Faith launched the Mabini@150 website found at www.amabini.com. The website showcases stories on Mabini and a virtual tour of the Mabini Shrine.
Upcoming Mabini@150 events are as follows:
May 9 to 10: Faith and community-based youth leaders from Calabarzon and Mimaropa are organizing “Camylla—the Calabarzon-Mimaropa Youth Leadership Learning Adventure” with the theme “Mabini, My Hero!”
July 19: Engineering students of Calabarzon will compete in AssitTech: Assistive Electronics Technology Competition to be held at the Faith campus. Also on the same day, a seminar for Persons with Disabilities dubbed “Living Life without Limitations” will be held at the school with the Tanauan Social Orientation and Community Involvement (Soci).
Mabini@150 crowns the Bisita Batangas 2014 calendar of events.
For more information, visit www.amabini.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.