AN EXHIBIT featuring the works of German Frank Georg was unveiled Monday morning at the Baguio City Hall displaying more than 60 of his artworks.
Georg, a well-traveled painter, landscaper, food and beverage expert, gardener, apple/cherry/plum propagator, has been volunteering his services to the City Government as a landscaper since 2010 and was credited for the spruce up of the gardens at City Hall, the Post Office park and currently the center island leading to Burnham Park.
“I choose Baguio because of its diverse culture. You have Igorot culture, a little bit of American, you have Spanish culture, a little Japanese and Korean culture,” Georg told Sun.Star Baguio.
After the week-long exhibit, the paintings will be donated to Baguio.
“I am planning to stay here because the people of Baguio encourage me and motivate me to do well in my craft and I feel very happy just by seeing how people were amazed upon passing by my landscapes,” Georg exclaimed.
Georg added the community has accepted him as a resident, a friend and as a laborer so it is now his turn to give back to the community.
“I am happy with what I am doing and I will continue volunteering as long as Baguio will allow,” Georg added.
City Environment and Parks Management officer (CEPMO) Cordelia Lacsamana and Assistant parks management officer Ruben Cervantes said the exhibit is also the city’s way of thanking Goerg for his voluntary contributions to the city especially in improving the surroundings of his areas of assignment and in imparting his knowledge and skills to CEPMO employees.
“Much as we want to, we cannot give him any salary for the services he has been rendering to us and this exhibit to make known his wonderful artworks is but a small way we can express our gratitude to him,” Lacsamana said.
After the week-long run until May 22, the artworks will be permanently displayed at the Dominican Hill and Retreat House as Georg decided to donate them to the City Government as his token of gratitude to the city for considering him as a Baguio resident and “good neighbor to all.”
Georg came to Baguio in 1996 and had stayed since. (With reports from Baguio City PIO and Jimbon Ragutero/MMSU Intern)