The ground breaking is scheduled today for the Heritage of Misamis Oriental Monument at Gov. Vicente de Lara Park fronting the Provincial Capitol. It is expected that the monument will soon become a major landmark in Northern Mindanao.
Designed by Eduardo Castrillo, the proposed project is “projected to highlight the magnanimity, altruism, and perseverance of the Filipino, and in so doing, inspire unity among our countrymen.”
Accordingly, the monument will “herald the rich history and aspirations of the citizens of Misamis Oriental” and will “illustrate Misamis Oriental’s history, culture, natural wonders, values, socio-economic aspirations and dynamic transformation,” .
The front of the monument will feature the Katipunan during the Spanish Revolt and the Philippine-American War that is personified by Apolinar Velez and Nicolas Capistrano. It will also have the famous natural landmarks and the Cagayan de Oro River and lush rain forest Mountains and terrain, The growing metropolis and the historic Saint Augustine Church, Kagay-an mother with a child signifying culture life of ethnic people and the healthy evolution, Filipino leaders who spearheaded the dynamic growth of the province and The outline of the province’s boundaries.
The Left Side will have the farmers indicating agricultural life of Misamis Oriental, a Muslim Maiden playing an indigenous instrument, early professional settlers from all over the country that contributed to the well-being and progress of the province.
The Right Side will show the noted leaders and statesmen that fostered the growth and gained the pride for Misamis Oriental citizens as they held the highest office in the National Government, the lower side will be the continuation of the Cagayan Rivers and the forests, and Xavier. University
The Back will depict the Early Professionals, Commerce and Industry and the continuation of the Cagayan. River
The sculptured base will display the official seal of Misamis Oriental and the bronze dedicational plaque and marker.