Saturday, January 28, 2012

Naga: Oragon

A Sculptural Narrative of the Heroic Bravery of the People of Naga City
"ORAGON" is a two-part visual display that captures the heroism of Naguenos by portraying two forms of bravery, with a central tapestry dividing the two juxtaposed narratives. Crafted by artist Jose Barcena, Jr., grandson of Federico Barcena who carved the monument to the 15 Bicol Martyrs at Plaza Quince Martires, it was commissioned by the City Government of Naga under the leadership of Mayor Jesse Robredo.


"BRAVERY IN PEACE" depicts Naga's native ruler and warrior in full battle regalia, standing valiantly to face rather than run away from Spanish forces, a powerful reminder that Naguenos are gifted with courage and strength to face any challenge in life. Beside him sits Babaylan, a priestess signifying the esteemed position of women. A native boy symbolizes simplicity and trust in himself. The adolescent boy, pointing to the ruler, portrays reverence and obedience to their leaders.


Facing them is the Spanish conquistador Capt. Juan de Salcedo who brings with him two instruments of colonization: the use of force symbolized by the Spanish soldier, and the evangelization of Catholic faith by the Spanish missionary. The ancient Naguenos welcomed the latter and resisted the former, a testimony to their wisdom and capacity to withstand threats and welcome goodness.

"BRAVERY IN TIMES OF WAR" portrays the Naguenos indomitable courage to fight freedom, exemplified by figures of two prominent revolutionaries: Corporals Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo. On the third night of the Penafrancia triduum on September 18, 1898, they mounted a surprise attack on the Spanish government, forcing the governor and the Castillian community to seek refuge in Church premises and eventually capitulate to the triumphant native forces the next day.

"BRAVERY IN LIFE" is depicted by a tapestry at the center of the monument: a powerful symbol of the Naguenos courage to measure all experiences - good or bad, happy or sad, up or down - and see them as singular reality called life. It is also an invitation to realize that in spite of diversity, they remain united as one because of shared history and common vision.

The ORAGON was unveiled on the 18th day of June, 2010 during the 62nd Charter Day celebration of Naga City.

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15 comments:

  1. Naga has been deprived of too much exposure, I have not learned about Naga too much other than this post.

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  2. Thanks for featuring our City. This is one of the newest attraction of our City together with Porta Mariae. God Bless.

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  3. Great job on the story. Now, there is more to Cam Sur than Caramoan and the CWC.

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  4. What a marvelous post and superb captures, Oman!! So moving to read the history behind these amazing sculptures! Thank you for sharing this with us today!

    Sylvia

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  5. very interesting and informative.

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  6. Very nice place! I've been there!

    Regards.

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  7. great angles. a marvelous historical monument.

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  8. Something that Naga can be proud off. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Thanks for sharing about this interesting monument! It's beautifully made! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  10. Hope to go there someday, mas mainam siguro during Penafrancia Festival. Kailan na nga yun?

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  11. ngayon ko lang to nakita. galing ah. great find. oragon.

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  12. wow! more reason to go back to naga...

    tara na!

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  13. I will definitely check this when I go to Naga.

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  14. love the title. hehe dalawa meaning nya sa Bicol. ;) nice find ah Atty. pede ka na maging tour guide ng Cam Sur at Norte, dame mung alam na desti dun!

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  15. I agree with what sheng said. From what I hear about Naga and seeing this post, I can definitely say that the place deserves a lot more exposure than what it is currently getting.

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