City Hall to display 25 paintings to ‘foster students’ love for history’

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


THE 74th Charter Day Celebration of Cebu City Hall will feature 25 pieces of art that depict the history and culture of the Cebuanos.

The City Government, along with proponents of the Downtown Revitalization Project, will conduct an art exhibit in all public schools in the city, as a tribute to Don Vicente Rama, the father of the Cebu City Charter, for his crusade to preserve culture and history.

The exhibit, dubbed the “Don Vicente Memorial Historical Art Exhibit: A Road Show for the Young Citizens of Cebu City,” will showcase paintings of Cebuano artist and historian Manuel Pañares from his 40-year career.

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“These paintings are for our children, grandchildren, students and the generations to come. The purpose of this exhibit is for the children and the students to love the history of Cebu and the country,” said Tonette Pañares, a historian and wife of Manuel.

In a news conference yesterday, Tonette said the paintings are based on historical details and the excavated artifacts at the Southwestern University Museum.

The paintings that will be showcased will include the image of Don Vicente, the grandfather of Mayor Michael Rama, as a senator and father of the Cebu City Charter.

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The exhibit will also display images of the blood compact between Raja Humabon of Cebu and Ferdinand Magellan, the battle of Mactan, the barter trade at the Port of Cebu, and the Cebuanos’ devotion to the Holy Child Jesus.

With the exhibit, Mayor Rama hopes that the public, particularly the students, will be able to cherish the events of the past.

“Because it is through paintings that we remember the struggle, the love, and the lesson of yesterday,” he said.

Tonette said the exhibit, which will start today, will be toured in 11 public high schools in the city, which celebrates its Charter Day on Feb. 24.

Tonette hopes that after the activity, the schools, together with the Department of Education Cebu City Division, will consider creating a manual on the history of the city for the use of the students.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2011.

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