‘Monumento de Naga’ design contest launched

NAGA CITY — After the launching of the “Salog Kan Buhay: Contest for Best Conceptual Design for the Revitalization of the Naga River,” the City Hall here bared another contest this time for the design of an emblem that shall embody the historic significance of this city as the heart of arts, culture and faith of Bicol.

In the same event that the 12 entrants to the Salog Kan Buhay contest presented their concepts last Dec. 15. Wednesday, city engineer Leon Palmiano IV together with executive assistant Alec Santos formally presented the guidelines of the “Monumento de Naga,” a competition open to all individuals (students, professionals or private citizens), groups and organizations based in the Bicol region with a vision for a monument that will embody the historical and cultural importance of Naga City.

The contest organizer envisions the winning design to show the religious significance of Naga in Bicol, being the home of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, the Patroness of Bicolandia, and the newly-recognized Pilgrimage City of the South pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 33 and Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution Number 2010-280.

“The winning design will automatically be owned by the city government of Naga and may be subject to modifications in order to suit our resources. It will be erected at the Concepcion-Panganiban intersection,”Palmiano said.

According to guidelines, the monument must show the pre-colonial and Spanish heritage of Naga as well as the unity, diversity and images of Bicolano faith and devotion.

The monument should have a base not exceeding nine meters in diameter with a height that must not be more than eight meters.

Participants must submit their entries both in compact disk (CD) format and scrapbook with illustrations and perspectives from the four directions as seen from Maharlika Highway from Manila, Maharlika Highway from Legazpi City, Panganiban Drive and Magsaysay Avenue. The scrapbook must have the participant’s complete name and contact details with a brief abstract of the design.

The entries must also be detailed in a PowerPoint presentation contained in the CD, which will be used during the presentation on Feb. 18, 2011 to the Board of Judges that will be composed by representatives from the academe, private sector, Department of Public Works and Highways, media, Department of Transportation and Communication and the local government of Naga.

Entries will be judged according to historical and cultural relevance (40 percent), aesthetic impact (30 percent) and practicability of the design (30 percent).

The first prize shall win P30,000 cash, a certificate and trophy. Second prize shall be given P20,000 plus certificate and trophy while the  third place shall have P10,000 plus certificate and trophy.

Interested parties must submit their entries on or before 5 p.m.,  Feb. 11, 2011 to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office at the Naga City Hall.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 25, 2011.

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