August 17, 2010

All about Quezon

Here's a closer look at the bas-relief on the oddly-shaped Mid-Century Modern building in Quezon City Hall which I first posted more than one year ago (and before you ask, no, I still don't know what's inside the thing). I can see the Quezon Memorial and the Oblation statue of the University of the Philippines on the relief, and many of the other scenes feature Manuel L. Quezon, the first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the man after whom the city is named. One particular scene strikes me the most, the one where he is ankle-deep in mud and planting rice. What I'd like to know is, until what year did the city still have rice fields??

bas-relief on Quezon City Hall

12 comments:

Photo Cache said...

LOL! Must be a representation of the entire archipelago :D

Olivier said...

la fresque est magnifique

George said...

The building may be oddly shaped, but the relief is wonderful.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This looks to me like the type of mural one might expect to see on a public building in Mexico City, with a wonderful tradition traced to Diego Rivera, except in Mexico the person would be planting corn rather than rice.

dong ho said...

i actually wanted to see that part re-painted in such a way that it still retains its artwork.

Dina said...

I like it that the man is shown out in the field planting.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable entrance, a beautiful artwork with an important meaning.
Hugs
Léia

Birdman said...

What an interesting building entrance. Art can tell such important stories.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

For some reason, reminds me of something you'd see in Mexico City! Very powerful stuff!

Francisca said...

What I want to know, Hilda, is how you got this well-composed photo with so few humans in it? ;-) A lot of murals being posted today... (hint hint). Kidding aside, nice history here, Hilda.

Joy said...

I wouldn't mind having a guided walking tour around Quezon City myself!

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AB said...

A nice bit of local colour