P500K bronze sculpture in Luneta stolen
MANILA – A bronze sculpture in Rizal Park worth about P500,000 was stolen, an official said.
Fidel Sarmiento, president of the Art Association of the Philippines, said a bronze crown sculpture made by renowned artist Juan Sajid Imao was discovered missing inside the Kanlungan ng Sining.
Imao was also the sculptor of the 40-foot bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu in Luneta.
Sarmiento said the theft occurred as the Kanlungan ng Sining was undergoing renovation works.
Sarmiento said one of the suspects is an employee of a private contractor tasked to do the renovation works inside the Kanlungan ng Sining.
He said a plant was used to conceal the pedestal where the stolen sculpture was originally placed. – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM