Travel to just about any one of the 7000+ islands of the Philippines and you will find traces of some local ‘artist‘ who thinks he can create a 3D masterpiece out of a bit of chicken wire and some wet cement. To be truthful, most of these works of art rate somewhere between dreadful and well-at-least-they-tried.
Most schools in the Philippines have busts of Jose Rizal and some other national heroes – mostly fairly badly executed (the busts, not the heroes!).
The park next to Davao City Hall has, until recently, hosted a fairly grotesque zoo of cement animals. A sudden unexpected burst of good taste has (or will) see the demolition of these carbuncles.
All is not a lumpen concrete canyon, however. Davao has a native-born cement sculptor extraordinaire (Kublai Millan), whose works can be found dotted around the Davao provinces in some unlikely and likely places. His style is consistently distinctive and unique. If you arrive in Davao via the international airport, pause a moment to view the giant durian in the carpark (on your left as you leave the terminal).
Davao International Airport
Damosa Gateway, Davao City
Not too far from the Airport (in fact at the nearest McDonald’s in Angliongto Road, Damosa) you’ll find another recent KM sculpture – celebrating peace and goodwill between Japan and Mindanao, outside the Philippine Nikei Jin Kai International School and MKD campus.
Bukidnon Road, Davao City
Eden Nature Park, Davao City
Ponce Suites Hotel Gallery, Davao City
Just in the last week, I’ve accidentally found the home of the artist sculptor at this location (Corner Road 3 and 4 Dona Vicenta Village, Davao City)…and what a find! Better known as the location of ‘Korea Town‘ Davao, opposite Victoria Mall and behind the Bureau of Immigration offices on JP Laurel Avenue. This is KM’s home and the seat of the family business – you’ll guess as much as you approach the hotel from either of two roads as the buildings along the road host so many sculptures. There should be signposts guiding tourists here.