Carabao Sundial

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Carabao Sundial
Angry Christ Mural

The Carabao Sundial was built in December 1975 by the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias seniors Shalom IV Class 1976. It is located near the St. Joseph's Church (St. Joseph the Worker Church) in the heart of Victorias Milling Company (VMC) compound, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Inspired by famous Filipino metal sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, the brass sundial is an art work led by Machine Shop section seniors class Hezekiah Katalbas and Vicente Gonzaga. It took the seniors one year to finish the sundial.

The sundial features a worker carrying a sugar cane on top of a carabao head. The sugar cane serves as the hand of the clock, while the numbers for the time are inscribed in the horns of the carabao. The cane's shadow casts on the carabao's exaggerated large size horns which act as the face dial. The carabao represents the hard working community, the sugar cane symbolizes of course the sugar, the product that has made VMC known and main source of income of Negros and the young man represents the youth of today who will lead for tomorrow.

The St. Joseph's Church near the sundial is famous for the "Angry Christ" mural which was featured in the Life magazine. The mural was painted during the post World War II period by a Belgian painter named Ade de Bethune, together with her partner, a son of the said sugar company founder, Don Miguel J. Ossorio.




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