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Two visual artists, photographer in Portrait of Baguio athletes exhibit

Twof the three artists who did the Heroes: Wall of Fame mural works at the Basguio athletic Bowl are returning to the place of their latest artistic triumph and join a noted Baguio photographer in an exhibit before the Baguio Day.

Muralists Gladys Labsan and Harold Banario join noted Baguio photographer Eliza Consul in the Heroes Portraits exhibits starting August 30 at the City Sports Development Office at the Baguio athletic bowl.

The two artists return to the place of their latest artistic triumph after finishing the third phase of the Heroes: Wall of Fame mural works where the former made 12 more art works of noted Baguio athletes and sportsmen under her Heroes and Legends or #galworks, while Banario added 10 noted martial  artists, mostly winners in international competitions.

Labsan follows up her six Heroes and Legends works at the bottom part of the bleachers or the dugouts which feature three time Olympian trackster Hector Begeo, two time Olympian Jerry Dino (judo), former Southeast Asian Games javelin queen Erlinda Lavandia, boxing great Rey Tam, taekwondo – poomsae world champion Jeordan Dominguez and noted sanda player Divine Wally.

Banario was behind the Team Lakay mural featuring the eight world champions from said stable which could be the most successful in Asia in the octagon ring.

In portraits, Labsan has featured 18 athletes some of them included in the mural projects like Lavandia, Christabel Martes, Wally, Dominguez, Mariane Mariano. Here she also did Team Lakay members Joshua Pacio and Danny Kingad, golfers Luigi Paolo Wong, Mars Pucay, volleyball player Majoy Baron, wushu taolu players Karizha Chan, Natasha Laxamana and Ken Omengan, Sandi Menchi Abahan for obstacle course race, JT Gonzales of triathlon, boxer Alice Kate Appari and archer Kareel Meer Hongitan.

Banario, on the other hand, is expected to make portraits of his fellow Team Lakay members including, of course, Mark Sangiao and Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio, brother Honorio, Geje Eustaquio and Kevin Belingon.

“I have already done two,” said Banario as he looks forward to complete five more by Tuesday during curtain call. Banario is known as a fast worker as he practically did the 10 murals in less than a week. Banario was in Mankayan, Benguet in April and May for the campaign of his dad Dario, Sr., who won the mayoralty race and was only able to start work at the second week of June.

Under his martial arts works are former wushu sanda champion and Team Lakay member Mark Eddiva, fromer wushu sanda champion Rhea May Rifani,  kickboxers Iniong and Saclag, Appari, Helen Dawa of judo and kurash, the Dino cousins Sharon and Roland of judo, karate master Edgar Kapawen and Rey Hilario and three time muay Thai champion Brent Velasco.

Consul has 20 photographs of 2019 SEAG medal winners including Dominguez, Wally, Daniel Parantac and Jones Inso in wushu taolu, mauthai’s Jearome Calica, Islay Erika Bomogao, Jenelyn Olsim, Ruscha Bayacsan, Lee Ariel Lampacan and Alex Mayg-as, kickboxers Gina Iniong, Jean Claude Saclag and Jomar Balangui, arnis players Abegail Abad, Elmer Manlapas, Crisamuel Daniel and Eza Rai Yalong and OCR’s Abahan.

Consul’s works show most of the athletes in their traditional Cordilleran garb. Pigeon Lobien

FLYING COLORS. Baguio grown arnisadors Crisamuel Delfin, Elmer Manlapas, Abegail Dulawan and Eza Rai Yalong with their winning post and in their traditional Cordillera garbs as members of the indigenous community. They will be among the 20 Cordilleran national athletes in the Heroes Portraits of the Baguio Athletes that will open on August 30 at the City Sports Office at the Baguio athletic bowl. Photos by Eliza Consul

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