Statue Spotting in Marikina

Despite the fact that Marikina City is literally just behind my college, I’ve never really explored the city. I can count the number of times I went there, and often it’s to work on some class projects at my classmate’s house or to go to the bazaar by the riverbanks (after graduation). Last Sunday, I joined a couple of friends for lunch in Marikina and saw the most WTF statue ever:

Marikina Statue
Is dat chu?

Can somebody enlighten me as to who the old man is, and what’s he doing with a boy squatting over the toilet?

This statue can be found behind the Marikina Public Market, along M. Cruz Sta. Elena street.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. Uhh…that statue really begs a question (or two)? What? Why?

  2. Michelle says:

    the old man is a doctor washing the boy’s poo… still, what was the sculptor thinking? and the mayor, too, for allowing this to be put up in a public area…

    and i also wonder what “Naghihin” etched on the stand means.

  3. Anna says:

    I thought it was an enema. XD

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  5. Hi Nina,

    this statue also caught my attention when I was there.
    Not sure about this, but it seems like it’s in front of a health LGU and it depicts a doctor/med professional/researcher getting samples for fecalysis.

    OR maybe… it’s a clue or part of a Robert Langdon deciphering stint. hahaha

    Ron |

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  7. Matteo says:

    Disturbing. haha. but nice shot. thanks for sharing.

  8. Marie says:

    lol, thanks for sharing

  9. albert says:

    Before there were lots of pedestals with inscriptions – “Naghihintay ng Bayani” in Marikina. This is one of them. maybe other syllables were plastered. The man was a doctor considered as a local Bayani in Marikina. During his time, he devoted his knowledge in eradicating the epidemic of diarrhea or a disease related to it and treated those who suffered for free. He lived somewhere in the area where the monument is located that’s why that spot served as a plaza in his honor.

    The sculpture lacks artistry and a sense of creativity though.

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