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Saturday, August 24, 2013
IT STARTED as a small inititive of friends that saw the San Antonio Parish of New Bataan in Compostela Valley learning woodworking skills and making decorative lamps, trophies, home interior details from the tons of wood toppled down by typhoon Pablo in December 2012.
The group of friends called the initiate Andap ng Liwanag, as it aimed to bring some light to the residents of barangay Andap, who were the most devastated in that typhoon. Andap is also taken to mean flicker, the sheen of light caught on some hail and snow, and the friends thought it appropriate.
Project Andap ng Liwanag was invited by the province of Compostela Valley in their dinner for a cause last February 20 where this writer and Mindanao artist Kublai P. Millan were given an opportunity to discuss the project and its vision.
In that dinner for a cause, the parish was also contracted to make 500 woodwork souvenirs that earned enough to buy the tools like circular saws and jigsaws, much needed for the project to continue.
It was also there, in front of the group of donors who paid a lot for the dinner as it was intended to raise funds for New Bataan rehabilitation, when the idea of a monument at the worst-hit area of barangay Andap to represent “Andap ng Liwanag” or Flicker of Light and remember all those who perished in the typhoon.
The idea was planted and a group responded, willing to take on the cost of building the monument in front of the San Roque Chapel in barangay Andap. The San Roque chapel is the only structure left standing along that stretch of residences and resorts in barangay Andap.
Five months after the presentation, the monument was built and is now about to be completed.
Designed by artist Kublai, the monument got the support of the Batch ’68 of Davao Central High School headed by Felisa T. Wong, Bureau of Internal Revenue Region 19 Davao City headed by Director Glen A. Geraldino, and Gov. Arthur Uy.
The San Roque Chapel is also being repaired and getting a new look to compliment the artistic design of the monument, which is a 45-foot sculpture designed like a flame and will emit flickers of light to represent all those whose lives were taken by the typhoon.
It will be inaugurated toward the end of the year.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 25, 2013.