Tuesday, October 7, 2008
it was 20years back when i last visited Victorias City. a city known to have the largest integrated sugar milling company in the world. it is not only popular because of the vast sugar cane processing but because it is also home to the famous "Angry Christ" mural inside the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) chapel.my father and his brother finished their high school education at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias city. during those times, they were staying with their uncle and auntie who were then the ones overseeing VMC. during those times, they were serving as altar boys at the VMC chapel.so when i was eight years old, he brought me here to show me this mural. i was curious because this was quite unique from the other depictions of Jesus. but that curiosity was almost forgotten until recently, i had the chance to see it again.my cousin Jed, our family friend Noli and i decided to drive our way there to see the mural again. Victorias is an hour drive from Bacolod City and this church can be found inside the VMC compound, which is quite away from the town proper of Victorias. i was curious again to see it as close as possible this time. this was built in the late 1940s constructed and designed by a Belgian artist Ade de Bethuene and Arcadio Anore. but it was Alfonso Ossorio who did the church's mural assisted by Benjamin Valenciano.the ceiling bars in the altar were also painted making it more artistic. aside from Jesus and the hands of God in the mural, there were also four people in the mural's center piece. two from each side. on one side, there's Joseph and Mary and on the other side shows St. John the baptist and an unknown person.but what made me realize from this mural was the depiction of Christ not as a weak and wimpy person. for me, this mural portrays more of Christ showing that he will always be ready to fight for us against the enemy. it was quite good to see it again after twenty years and learn to appreciate what it depicts.