Quezon’s statue in Hundred Islands to get ‘new face’

August 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm 2 comments

By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – It ain’t no way to treat the first president of Philippine Commonwealth, the father of the country’s national language, and of the country’s first national park.
The about ten-foot statue of former President Manuel Quezon at the top of Quezon Island at the Hundred Islands National Park had “lost its face.”
City officials do not know how the statue was defaced, but theorized that it could have been hit by a lightning bolt sometime in July, city tourism officer Mike Sison said.
It was Quezon, whose 135th birth anniversary was on August 19, 2013, who declared the Pangasinan’s top tourism draw as a national park 73 years ago, or on January 18, 1940 through Proclamation No. 665.
Thus his statue was established on Quezon Island’s topmost area as if to oversee the island’s surroundings. But it was not known who sculpted the stone statue or when it was placed there as the marker only reads “President Manuel L. Quezon.”
City officials who recently went to the Quezon Island for the dismantling of makeshift structures were surprised to find out that the entire face was “ripped off” the head and could not find the part.
City Mayor Arthur Celeste said the face or the entire sculpture would be replaced.
“We would look for a photo which we could copy,” he said.
Two more statues at the Quezon Island, this time of mermaids, would also need to be replaced, Sison said. Natural and manmade calamities have resulted in the mermaids losing a hand, a lock of their hair and other parts.
Quezon Island is one of the only three developed and most visited in the Hundred Islands. The two others are the Children’s and the Governor’s Islands.
Celeste has asked on Governor Amado Espino Jr. for help in developing HINP, including putting up of guest houses and gazebos in some of the islands.
The city government also intends to continue the past administration’s projects of building a zip line between islands, and of bringing fresh water to the islands through undersea plumbing.

The HINP has 123 islands and islets clustered like green or brown gems (depending on season) in the bosom of the Lingayen Gulf. The park, which covers 1,844 hectares of sea water, was placed by Quezon under the defunct Hundred Islands Conservation and Development Authority (HICDA).
The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) took over HINP from the HICDA by virtue of Republic Act No. 3655 signed on June 22, 1962.
On June 21, 2005, the PTA transferred the administration, management and supervision of the Local Government Unit by virtue of Executive Order No. 436 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

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  • 1. Love Ko Anawangin  |  December 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

    There have been changes going on in this area and glad to hear new updates. Hopefully the planned developments (not just this one but as a whole) will be finished before summer 2014.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 2. day day-ag  |  September 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    The late Sculptor Anselmo B. Day-ag, was commissioned by the Philippine Tourism Authority, under the Department of Tourism, to design and construct all the artworks of the entire islands in the late 70’s. That includes the Quezon statue and the mermaids.


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