Insular donates 2 monuments to City

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


THE Cebu City Government will finally be getting next month the life-sized monuments of two Cebuano political icons, Don Vicente Rama and Sergio “Serging” Osmeña Jr., that cost P3 million.

The City, through Mayor Michael Rama, signed yesterday the deed of donation for the two monuments together with officials from Insular Life Insurance Company.

The monuments, which were made of brass, were made by award-winning Filipino sculpture and national artist Eduardo Castrillo who was commissioned by Insular Life. The insurance company shouldered the expenses for the project.

The monuments, which seeks to honor the contribution of Don Vicente and Osmeña to Cebu City, will be installed at the Plaza Sugbu grounds across the City Hall Legislative Building.

The mayor said it will be unveiled on Feb. 24 during the City Government’s 77th Charter Day celebration.

In a news conference yesterday, Rama said he is happy that the two monuments were finally materialized.

“I am elated. This is another dream come true,” he said.

Rama, who is a grandson of Don Vicente, said it is but proper that the two monuments will be placed near City Hall because it is where they belong.

Rama said Don Vicente is the father of the Cebu City Charter, while Osmeña, the father of former south district congressman and former mayor Tomas Osmeña, was the first elected mayor of the city. He was elected in November 1955.

Also, Rama said this will already stop the questions that are always being asked to him.

“I have always been asked why my grandfather’s bust is placed in that area (at the Bureau of Fire Protection). Was he a fireman? He was not. I have also been asked why Osmeña’s statue is at SM. Is he the owner of SM (City Cebu)? He was not,” he said.

Asked what will happen now to the bust of Don Vicente and the statue of Osmeña once the new monuments will be installed, Rama said they will stay.

But he added that the annual floral offering for the birth and death anniversaries of Don Vicente and Osmeña will already be held at City Hall.
Rama thanked Insular Life for the two monuments.

Enrico Cordoba, vice president of Insular Life, said their company is grateful to be part of the project.

Cordoba said they will always support the programs and projects of the City, adding that Cebu is where their company first established their branch.

Once the monuments will be turned over by Insular Life to the City, the deed of donation stated that the City will be the one to maintain the monuments, including its repairs or restoration, if necessary.

It further stated that the sculptures, throughout their serviceable life, will remain for public viewing and will not be converted to private and other uses.

In the event that the City fails to comply with the conditions a year after the matter will be brought to their attention, the donation will be revoked and rendered ineffective and that Insular Life will regain ownership and possession over the monuments.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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