Baguio honors Covid-19 front-liners with monument

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has honored Covid-19 frontliners with “The Golden Blood” monument installed at its Rizal Park adjacent to its City Hall.

Atty. Rhenan Diwas, chief of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), said the monument symbolizes the heroism of frontline workers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, a gift to the modern-day heroes for their sacrifices and dedication in fighting the dreaded virus.

HEROES MONUMENT. The city government of Baguio and the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) inaugurate the “Golden Blood Monument” on Monday (Feb. 15, 2021) as a tribute to the frontline workers amid the coronavirus disease 2019. Photo shows (L-R) Atty. Rhenan Diwas, chief of the City Environment and Parks Management Office; Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who is also a SOCOB member; SOCOB president Dr. Elma Donaal; Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, the group’s vice chairperson; and Councilor Mylen Yaranon. (Photo courtesy of SOCOB)

He said the monument was conceptualized before the city’s celebration of its 122nd charter anniversary in 2020. The Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB), which sponsors a search for Outstanding Citizens yearly in behalf of the city government, opted to forego their 2020 search due to the quarantine restrictions and instead put up the monument.

SOCOB president Dr. Elma Donaal and Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, vice-chairman of SOCOB said in a post on the group’s social media, said the monument is a tribute to the front-liners.

Tabanda said the monument is a fitting tribute to collectively recognize the front-liners for their heroism and contribution to humanity amidst the pandemic.

Donaal noted that with the arrival of the vaccines, they will continue with the annual search in time for the city’s charter anniversary in September this year.