Hospital creates huge art out of used and old bras

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (CMZ), one of Zamboanga’s City’s premier tertiary hospitals, recently built a monumental bra art edifice made of donated old and used bras in line with its Bra to Raise Awareness (BRA) campaign.

International artist Rameer Tawasil with the
Ciudad de Zamboanga BREAST Installation
Art, an edifice made out of 1,268 old and
used bras. (photo courtesy of

The BRA Campaign, spearheaded by CMZ’s Breast Wellness Center, aimed to raise breast cancer awareness by creating a huge BRA installation art called the Ciudad de Zamboanga BREAST (Bra to Raise Early Awareness for Screening and Treatment) Installation Art — a 3D, sculpture-like edifice made of individual bras.

The art was led by international artist Rameer Tawasil together with several artists from Zamboanga. The BREAST Art, which used a total of 1268 old and used bars, was 14 feet tall and 16 feet wide.

According to Tawasil, CMZ’s BREAST Art is a form of art expression placed outside CMZ which can be seen by the public thus, effectively creating curiosity among viewers and raising awareness on the advocacy.

Currently, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the Philippines with the country having the highest incidence rate in Asia. Unfortunately, survival rate in the Philippines is below 40 percent compared to the high survival rates of 80 percent to 98 percent in developed countries.

According to the World Health Organization, most breast cancer deaths are from cases diagnosed in late stages, proving that awareness and early detection play a key role in battling the disease.

“The number of deaths from breast cancer can be greatly reduced if women know how to do self-breast examination, when to have breast cancer screenings and how to take care of their health, especially those who have history of cancer in the family,” said Dr. Marissa Lim of CMZ’s Breast Wellness Center.

The BREAST Art could still be found outside Ciudad Medical Zamboanga. This project was supported by HealthSolutions Enterprises, Inc.

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