Gov. Oscar Moreno and other officials of the Province of Misamis Oriental and members of the press conducted yesterday the groundbreaking and capsule laying for the Press Freedom Monument inside Gov. Vicente de Lara Park at the Capitol Grounds, Cagayan de Oro City.

The monument for Press Freedom, the first in the world, will soon rise at the corner of de Lara Park fronting the Cagayan de Oro Press Club building and Radio Mindanao Network where the first radio station of Mindanao was set up.

The monument was designed and will be built by internationally acclaimed Filipino Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, who was recently awarded by Malacañang for his works.

Castrillo is building the main monument at the center of de Lara Park which will replace the obelisk that is presently standing there. The whole project will cost P27 Million, already including the Press Freedom Monument.

In an earlier meeting with the governor, Castrillo presented his design for the main monument which was approved by the governor with minor revisions. Upon seeing the design of the Press Freedom Monument the governor gave the go signal right away to include it in the project.

The Press Freedom Monument will depict a radio man and a newspaperman both at work and the radioman cuddling a fallen companion, dramatizing the killing of journalists in the country that has reached 100 since the restoration of full democracy in 1986.

At the back of the monument will be etched the names of the killed journalists and the place and date where they were killed. Every new name will be added to the list when necessary.

The inauguration of the new landmarks is aimed on January 1, 2010 which will start the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the province.

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