Issue of April 7, 2019
Mt. Province

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Local artist’s murals unveiled in various schools in Paracelis
by Nonnette C. Bennett

Aliw Awardee director and mural artist Angelo Aurelio’s eight wall murals were unveiled in different schools in Paracelis, Mountain Province.

Those who unveiled the murals were Paracelis National High School Administrator Segundo Soga-ang, Principal Florence Edubba, Board Treasurer Ofelia Lea Gayadon, and sangguniang kabataan member Benjamin Ameling, Jr.

Aurelio drew inspiration from elements of the culture of the prominent Ga’ddang settlers for his large works measuring some 10 feet in height and 12 feet in width and others at 4x4 feet.

The “Welcome to Barangay Bananao” wall is the largest work at 12’ x 10.’ Inspired by the doves as a symbol for peace, this work is in black, white, orange, pink, and red with large white letters.

One work depicted the flora and fauna of Paracelis in 7’x 5’ dimension. The deer as centerpiece of the work and the birds nestled in the tree boasts of the wildlife still found in these plateaus bordering Kalinga. It also presented the produce of Paracelis like corn and other grains. Other images tell of hills and waterways.

“Ga’ddang Tupayya” had five gong players unique to this tribe in a 7’ x 10’ work. Unlike other Cordillera ethno-linguistic groups that beat on the gongs with a stick, the Tuppaya taps the gongs with the palms of the hand. The beat is also unique in pentatonic counterpoint unlike the other tribes that have six gongs and the Ibaloys with two.

Aurelio is accurate in his rendering of the costumes and head gears for the gong players.

The “Tribute Wall” to Don Serapio Gawan and his wife Aggong is a 7’x 5’ mural at the PNHS. The lot on which the school stands is the donation of the family. The couple is fondly remembered for their generous spirit and their love story.

Paracelis folk said the couple strolled up and down the hills on their visit to relatives. Aggong would cook enough food in their kitchen which the couple left open for traders and travelers who might be hungry and tired.

In works with 4’x 4’ dimensions are the Paracelis signage and the Ga’ddang couple dancing done at the Paracelis Central School. The dancing couple’s movement and costume are authentic to the tribe. The beadwork on the head dresses are also those seen on the handwoven fabrics from the area.

Aurelio said he was able to complete eight walls in seven days as part of his community work in Paracelis with the help of the school administrators and the SK and the Marc Ayangwa Movement for Good Government.

He said his next murals are for Gabriela and Diego Silang in Abra.

He has completed his mural series in four communities in Baguio, Pangasinan, Abra, and Mountain Province using local cultural elements.

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