Monday, July 18, 2011

A Monument to Lovers

Monday, July 18, 2011

I was awed at the sight of El Beso, the huge sculpture of a couple kissing passionately in Parque del Amor, one of the many parks overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Lima’s Miraflores District. Sculpted by Victor Delfin and opened to the public in 1993 on Valentine’s Day, El Beso has since become a tribute to lovers and a celebration of love’s grand passion. Written at the base of the sculpture is poet Antonio Cilloniz’s line wailing over South American cities that, forgetting about love, erect only shrines dedicated to battles fought and won:

"In the cities, they do not build monuments to lovers."

Gazing with wonder at the couple in sensual embrace, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the impossibility of building the same sculpture in the Philippines. It would certainly offend the sensibilities of most of the country’s arbiters of taste and values. With the prevalence of medievalism and narrowness of thought in the Philippines, it is a sad, horrible truth that a monument to love could be construed as a symbol of moral deterioration.

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Anonymous said...

lovers making out openly in 'parques y plaza de armas'. que horror! :)

Angeli said...

hahahah. i was surprised to see so many couples necking at parks, too. and nobody's telling them to get a room, which means that to them, that is not horrifying. hahahah

Anonymous said...

they chose the most conspicuous park bench too. hahaha!

Angeli said...

why not? hahahah

Vitchie said...

true what you say about our Las Islas Filipinas and the arbiters of values and morals, i can;t wait for the day we will be freeee!! heheh

Loree said...

We have a monument to love here. It caused quite a scandal when it was uncovered in the 1980. Our lovers are completely naked. Thanks. That has given me an idea for a post :)

Angeli said...

@loree: a naked monument. i'd love to see that. hahaha

@vitchie: kasla saanen. or maybe not in our lifetime.

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