Heroes of athletes murals finally complete

Harold Banario fixed the vandalized mural of former Team Lakay and former Philippine wushu sanda team member Mark Eddiva after it was defaced by a mentally challenged woman last week. Some 32 art works will be launched Wednesday, June 29, including Banario’s 10 art works. Pigeon Lobien

After months of delays including where to paint within the seven hectare Baguio athletic bowl, the 32 mural works of past and present athletes will be unveiled.

The eponymous Publications and Media Works, city officials and representatives from the Bureau of Copyright and Related Rights will see the Heroes Wall of Fame art works unveiled today.

Gladys Anne Labsan will have her 12 artworks under the Heroes Legends unveiled even as Harold Banario and Ged Alangui have 10 each under the Heroes Martial Arts and Heroes All Sports.

The murals were supposed to be completed in December of last year but the three artists could only start their parts of the project due to delay in fundings and later the relocation when upgrade works at the lower part started.

Labsan was able to finish her works earlier this month as she now has 18 murals within the BAB. Her latest works include 2008 Olympics bronze medalists Mariane Mariano and Benjie Rivera, World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Roberto Cruz, three time world karate champion Julian Chees, two time SEAG marathon queen Christabel Martes and two time SEAG champion Jearome Calica in wushu sanda and muay Thai waikru.

Labsan also painted the faces of the late councilor and probably the father of Baguio bodybuilding Nemesio Domalsin, four time Mr. Asia Sammy Ayochok, the late former camp director of Gintong Alay Narciso Padilla, who authored the athletes incentive ordinance, University of Baguio founder Fernando Bautista, Sr., the late Philippine Volleyball Federation and Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association director for Cordillera Pedro Mendoza and Philippine Wushu Federation Baguio/Cordillera president Tony Candelaria.

Harold Banario’s Heroes Martial Arts features Mark Eddiva, Rhea May Rifani and Jean Claude Saclag, judo’s Helen Dawa, Ronald and Sharon Dino, karatedo’s Edgar Kapawen and Rey Hilario as well Alice Kate Appari (boxing) and 3x world muay Thai champion Brent Velasco.

Banario actually redid his Eddiva mural which was vandalized last week.

“I’ll just redo it before I go home to Mankayan, Benguet,” said the former Brave Fighting Championship.

Banario was slated to go home to attend the oath taking of his father Dario, Sr., who won the mayoralty seat in said town.

The last to join the two, Ged Alagui finally finished his 10 art work at the bleachers of the athletic bowl. Heroes All Sport features Daniel Parantac (wushu taolu), Estie Gay Liwanen (kurash), chess International Master Haridas Pascua, archer Kareel Meer Hongitan

His works include former Ateneo de Manila point guard Gerardo Verzosa and center Doug Kramer, the father and son racxing duo of Carlos and Inigo Anton as well as volleybelle Majoy Baron and golfer Mars Pucay.

Davies Paints provided the paints used by the artists. Other sponsors include Sizzling Plate and the Lions Metro Baguio. Pigeon Lobien



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