After Barangay Election win, Artists ready for Heroes final push

With Ged Alangui winning as kagawad of City Camp Central during the October 30 Barangay, Sangguinang Kabataan Election, everything is all set for the start of the Heroes: Wall of Fame mural project.
“Now we can work,” said Alangui after his team led by re-elected Punong Brangay Jessie Mendiola where he landed sixth of the seven kagawads.
Alangui has been actually on stand-by since late July but the series of “unfortunate events” including a supertyphoon, an accident, and the BSKE have derailed plans to start painting although the deadline will still be early January.
This is the biggest component of the Heroes mural project where nearly 70 past and present athletes, coaches, and sports personalities will be painted on the remaining walls atop the bleachers of the big grandstand.
“Requests are piling up that more athletes or sports people are being asked to be included,” said organizing e-Pub which has earlier identified about 60 sports personalities.
“We have so much space and of course, the budget that we need to raise to cover talent fees of the artists as well as materials including paints, repairs, and promotions,” added e-Pub.
It has been assured that painting will start soon and conclude a four-stage painting that started with the Team Lakay mural, the Legends at the dugout under the long stage, and the 32 that was done only last year by Harold Banario, Gladys Labsan, and Alangui, who was then the latest artist to join the muralists.
“I have been wanting to start painting, but terminal reports had to be prepared and finalized before elections,” said Alangui, who replaced his father as kagawad when the latter died during the Covid-19 pandemic. Actually, even the younger Alangui was hospitalized along with some of his children.
In fact, Alangui took his time to start his portion of the last component. Attention to detail required nearly three months of painting using acrylic but his finished works look more like watercolor jobs.
And Banario started much later that he needed only three weeks to finish his 10 martial artists assignment that was marred by a mentally challenged vandal, who painted on the torso of the former Team Lakay and Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games veteran Mark Eddiva.
 Athletes from martial arts, and athletics will dominate the last phase of the “Final Push” which will have a special day on December 9 or an Athletes Day dedicated to all sportsmen who helped develop local sports. Pigeon Lobien



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