The Philippines-Thailand Friendship Garden in Baguio Botanical Garden is expected to officially open on December 18, 2017. Thailand donated four elephant sculptures to be the highlight of the area.
Anton Ocampo, the park’s labor foreman, said that the planned donation was three cemented elephants. But it was changed to four so the expected inauguration moved from December 5 to December 18.
The elephant is the national animal of Thailand and it is an icon for royalty. According to the Baguio’s Official Website, the inclusion of the concrete elephants near the old bear cage shall be reminiscent of the times when the botanical garden was still the Baguio City Zoological and Botanical garden.
The construction of the friendship garden started in July this year. Sculptors from Thailand are working on the elephant sculptures while the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) takes charge of the landscaping, materials support, and security.
There are also friendship symbols from China, Japan, U.S, South Korea and the City of Vaughan within the park. The friendship pavilions commemorate the relationship between Baguio and its sister cities.