Sculpture 05: Bonifacio Monument
One of my favourite Filipino sculptors is Guillermo Torentino. His works are perfect examples of realism, classicism and romanticism, as they say. And it is true.
One of his remarkable works is the Bonifacio Monument or Bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio standing in the roundabout at the intersection of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, MacArthur Highway, Rizal Avenue, and Samson Road in lower Caloocan. That area has been eponymous to the venerated statue it treasures, being named Monumento.
Aside from Bonifacio, several other real and allegorical figures adorn the monument round. But first, here is the text from the plaque that the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly National Historical Institute) installed:
BANTAYOG NI ANDRES BONIFACIO
Ipinatayo sa bisa ng Act No. 2760, kay Andres Bonifacio, nagtatag ng Katipunan (7 Hulyo 1892) at pinuno ng Himagsikang Filipino ng 1986. Inilapat ang cornerstone sa pangunguna ni Aurora A. Quezon, 30 Nobyembre 1929. Dinisenyo ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, Guillermo E. Tolentino, 1930. Pinasinayaan, 20 Nobyembre 1933. Ipinahayag na Pambansang Bantayog ng Pambansang Suriang Pangkasaysayan, 14 Agosto 2002, at Pambansang Yamang Pangkalinangan ng Pambansang Museo, 30 Nobyembre 2009. Sumasagisag sa diwang makabayan ng mga Filipino.
If my counting is correct, there are 23 figures in this national monument (excluding the figure atop the obelisk); of which 17 are males (including a child), four are females (including a child), and two are infants.
Here are the photographs that I took—the closest I could get (for the area was normally off-limits to the public). For more interesting information about the monument, go to the commemorative site produced by the Presidential Museum & Library here.
The personification of Victory is placed atop the obelisk of the Bonifacio Monument.
My next post is about the coded message of Bonifacio that was to ignite the revolution (panghihimagsik).