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Cardinal Sin back to old self

Statue of late prelate gets makeover after original attempt criticized for poor likeness

Church and government leaders unveil the original statue of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin last month Church and government leaders unveil the original statue of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin last month
  • ucanews.com reporters, Manila
  • Philippines
  • March 31, 2011
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Manila authorities have given a statue of late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin a makeover following criticism, including from Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, the bronze image did not look like the former prelate.

“It was fixed because when it was unveiled [on Feb. 25] there were many complaints that the cardinal looked so young. Even Cardinal Rosales asked why it looked so young,” said Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

The mayor said artist Eduardo Castrillo, a noted sculptor who also did another statue of Cardinal Sin, initially objected to changes on his latest creation, claiming artistic license.

However, the artist eventually agreed to do the makeover after Lim told him that the statue looked more like Archbishop Sin as a seminarian and that most people recognized him in later life.

Lim, who commissioned the artwork for 500,000 pesos (US$11,628), paid for the additional expenses.

“They replaced the head, added a sash and also placed a rosary in his left hand,” said Father Mark Munda, parish priest of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Manila’s Santa Ana district.

“Now it looks more like him,” he said.

The 3-meter monument to Cardinal Sin stands beside those of former president Corazon Aquino and former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on the corner of Padre Burgos Street and Bonifacio Drive, near Rizal Park.

It was unveiled on the 25th anniversary of the People Power uprising. Cardinal Sin’s new look was revealed on March 25.

“We have no feedback yet, but I think it is now OK,” the mayor said.

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