Sculpture 03: Magdangal
Towering at UP Diliman’s College of Arts and Letters ground is a figure of a naked woman, perhaps the artistic embodiment of the arts—that of a Muse. Inscribed in her pedestal is this (diacritics are mine):
Magbángon ka, aking Mutyâ,
Mula dágat ng dálitâ;
Pairálin mo sa lupà
Ang tárong, ragsák, at layà.
This text is by Virgilio Almario, former dean of the college and a National Artist for Literature. The sculpture is characteristically a Napoleon Abueva, National Artist for Sculpture.
My unwarranted translation of the text is this:
Arise, my Muse,
From the sea of misery;
Diffuse throughout the land
Righteousness, bliss, and liberty.