Andres Bonifacio's Monuments Around Metro Manila

Ask a Filipino who of the prominent Filipinos in history they idolized. It is very likely that majority of the answers will be shared by Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio.
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Portrait of Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio grew up as the father for his siblings. They sold home-made abaniko (fan), cane and other knick-knacks for a living. Together with Emilo Jacinto (the so-called “Brains of Katipunan) and other revolutionaries, he established the KKK (not the Ku Klux Klan) which stands for “Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan” or Katipunan. KKK rebelled against the Spaniards and their rebellion paved the way for the declaration of the Philippine Independence in 1898.

I observed that Andres Bonifacio has few monuments as compared to Jose Rizal, who has statues in almost all the public schools around the country. Some towns even have their own “Rizal Park” like the town of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro.

All of the Andres Bonifacio monuments that I visited are located in Metro Manila. Here are some of them:

 

1. Andres Bonifacio Monument, Caloocan City

 

Andres Bonifacio Monument
(Source: WikiPilipinas)
Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City is more popularly known as Monumento. It is at the center of the rotunda where Rizal Avenue, EDSA, Manila North Road and Samson Road converges. The monument is composed of Andres Bonifacio and other heroes of the Katipunan. The monument was created by Guillermo Tolentino.

 

2. Andres Bonifacio in Tutuban Area

 

Andres Bonifacio at Tutuban

I accidentally discovered another Andres Bonifacio Monument when I got lost in Divisoria. I reached Tutuban Area and saw this one big statue of a man with who is writing on a piece of paper. The monument serves as a reminder that Tutuban Area is the place where Andres Bonifacio was born.

 

3. Andres Bonifacio amidst the high buidings

 

Andres Bonifacio in Taguig
(Source: Traveller's Point)
I also saw one Andres Bonifacio Monument in the the business district of Taguig City. It made me wonder what will the true Andres Bonifacio think if he is actually standing there surrounded by towers of city.

 

4. Andres Bonifaco in UP Diliman

 

Andres Bonifacio - Grito de Balintawak Monument, UP Diliman
Grito de Balintawak Monument in UP Diliman.
Rallyists of UP Diliman identify themselves with Andres Bonifacio, whom they hailed as the hero of the working class. It is no wonder then that an Andres Bonifacio Monument is standing in front of the Vinzon's Hall, which houses the student council and the “tambayans” of commie student groups.

 

5. Posing in front of the Post Office

 

Andres Bonifacio - Liwasang Bonifacio

Many toursist take their photo in front of the Manila Central Post Office building. Andres Bonifacio is also one of them.

 

6. Andres Bonifacio Shrine, Manila

 



Andres Bonifacio Shrine, Manila
(Source: TripAdvisor)
The most dramatic depiction of Andres Bonifacio is the Andres Bonifacio Shrine that is located near the Manila City Hall. The shrine has one big statue of Andres Bonifacio carrying a bolo. The shrine shows the life story of the Philippine hero from his childhood to his death at the hands of Emilio Aguinaldo's minions. The Andres Bonifacio Shrine was unveiled during the Centennial Independence celebration in 1998.

Tomorrow, the Philippines will commemorate the death of Andres Bonifacio. The life of this Filipino patriot is a tragedy. He started Katipunan with the goal of liberating Filipinos from the rule of Spanish Colonial Government. Revolution sparked in Manila and then the whole Philippines. The sad fact is that Andres Bonifacio did not won any battle against the Spaniards. He was deposed by the Illustrados (rich Filipinos) and executed in Cavite.

The death of Bonifacio shows us how divided the Philippine Republic is since the very beginning. Andres Bonifacio is remembered through his monuments that glorify him. Monuments, however, are not enough to commemorate the man and his tragedy, which is also the tragedy of the Filipino people.

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4 comments:

  1. mas sikat kasi si Jose Rizal kaya madami ang monumento....

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  2. Oh! I am familiar with the one in front of the Post office cos I visited it last time! Haha!! Btw, I love that Post office building! Nice architecture! : )

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  3. Unfortunately, sir, the monument in front of VInzons Hall UP Diliman is not Bonifacio.
    It's the Grito De Balintawak Monument. Bonifacio carried gun, not bolo.
    The statue is"Ala-ala ng bayang Pilipino sa mga Bayani ng 1896" It was associated with Bonifacio, when the original plaque was removed/lost.

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  4. Arvin

    Tama ka d'yan. :-)

    Foong

    Yeah. The Post Office building's design is like those foound in Greece because of the posts in front of the building.

    Anon

    Thank you for the clarification. I included that monument in front of Vinzon's Hall because Andres Bonifacio's statue is located there. This post lists monuments that has a statue of Andres Bonifacio in them.

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