Aside from providing water supply, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the country’s chief water agency, is also home to more than a hundred artefacts, sculptures and paintings.
This, according to MWSS Administrator General Reynaldo Velasco, who stressed that the paintings date back to the era of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, known then as the patroness of the arts encouraged art awareness among the public and intensified programs that honed fresh talents,” he said. “She bought artworks that influenced many to do the same, thus ushering in art acquisition not only by private individuals but by government-owned and controlled corporations as well, among these, MWSS.”
Among the many featured artists in the MWSS-owned artworks include Manuel Baldemor, Hugo C. Yonzon, Norma Belleza, Angelito Balagtas, Jeff Dizon, Jun Tiongco, Mario Parial, Romulo Olazo, Angelito Balagtas, Ang Kiukok, Alfred Liongoren, Ros Arcilla Jr., HR Ocampo, Loreto Racuya, Nemesio Miranda Jr., Antonio Abaya, Justin Nyuda, Al Perez, Dans Pangan, Ed Moscoso, Raul Lebajo, Hermes Alegre, Rodorico Jose Daroy, and Fermin Yadao Gomez.
One of the most prized possessions of MWSS is the abstract figurative sculpture in aluminum
and bronze titled Water from the Source located at the MWSS ground floor lobby. Sculpted by Ros Arcilla Jr., best known for his monuments and abstract figurative sculptures in aluminum, bronze, jade, wood, and glass, the mural tells the story of MWSS that through the cooperation and the unity of the people, water is delivered to everyone at any time.
Also, as part of the 140th celebration of MWSS on February 14, 2018, Administrator Velasco is set to complete this year the presidential busts to include those of former Presidents Ferdinand E. Marcos, Corazon C. Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Benigno Aquino III; and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“We are privileged that all of these art works are found here at MWSS,” says Velasco. “Through these paintings and sculptures, we show to the public how water is indeed important and should be taken cared of.”