‘Bacolod Boats of Dreams’ unveiled
Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the writing of dreams for Bacolod on “Boats of Dreams,” which were unveiled at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center today [Oct. 5].
“On these boats will sail the dreams of our people. Let us write our dreams on these boats and together, let us see them come true,” Leonardia said, as he invited the people of Bacolod to see the six boats now on display at the BGC lobby until Friday [Oct. 7]
On one of the boats, Leonardia said his dream for Bacolod is for the city to “(become) a most competitive and livable city that will serve as leader and model for the rest of the country in our collective march to peace, progress and prosperity.”
MassKara Festiva director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said, “On these boats we hope that people will write their dreams for Bacolod so that like the way it was when we were children, we will let them sail in the fountain area and let us watch them come true.”
“Anybody can come, any Bacoleño can come and just try, we have six boats so they can choose any boat,” Tajanlangit added.
For his part, Tajanlangit wrote that he wanted to see Bacolod “become a major Asian City.”
The art installation, which are replicas of paper boats, will then be installed, along with other art figures, at the fountain area on Friday [Oct. 7], and will be called, “Charlie Co’s A Golden Age of Change.”
It will be the major art centerpiece for the 2016 MassKara Festival thatwill be unveiled on Saturday [Oct. 8] at 6 p.m.
“If you noticed, under Mayor Bing [Leonardia], art has always been part of the festival. So each year, [we have] an artwork that is done to celebrate the festival. For 2016, this is the artwork,” Tajanlangit said.
In giving a preview of the public art installation, Co said, his art figures include a galloping horse carrying a flag—which represents positivity and love of country; several clocks—which represent the golden time now; and the paperboats—which represents our hopes and dreams as a people.
Co said “A Golden of Change” is a collaboration with fellow artist Neil Buenavente.
“I call this public art. My joy is to see our people, especially the young, smile when they see these artwork… There’s a collaboration, the people write on the boats and these becomes our dreams,” Co added.
Moreover, Co said art has been a big thing in Bacolod for many years now. “Our artists are always given the chance to celebrate,” he said.
“So for the MassKara Festival, anybody can go to the BGC fountain area, see the artwork, and have their photo taken with the artwork,” he added.*