Lagusnilad underpass mural honors heroes Rizal, Bonifacio, frontliners

Aug 24, 2020

AS the city-wide makeover continues in Manila City, the historical Lagusnilad Underpass finally reopened on August 24, after five months of planning and renovation.

The underground passage that connects the walled city of Intramuros to the Manila City hall was revamped with new historical murals by the Manileno youth.

Marianne Rios and Jano Gonzales of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts led the painting of the art inside the underpass, featuring the locale’s famous landmarks, means of transportation, and heroes from the past to present.

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The centerpiece is undoubtedly a 25x2.8-meter mural that depicts COVID-19 frontliners, this pandemic’s modern-day bayani, alongside Raja Matanda, Raja Sulayman, Lakadula, First Quarter Storm heroes, Jose Rizal, and Andres Bonifacio.

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“Yung production ng painting sa Lagusnilad lasted for five months, three months sa planning and two months sa execution," Rios told SPIN Life. The artist said that the subject matter covered "precolonial to modern Manila history."

She added, "Since andito ang evolution of heroes, at naabutan na ng pandemic, naihabol ang frontliners.”

The young artists, who have also painted murals under the Nagtahan bridge and Intramuros, were delighted at the opportunity and responsibility of showcasing their talent through storytelling in visual imagery.

“Hindi naming inakala na mabibigyan kami ng ganito kalaking wall para magkwento. Masaya kami na nailagay naming dito ang highlights ng history ng Manila,” Rios added.

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