Entry 077

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:


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 serene Andres Bonifacio with Emilio Jacinto to his right (your left) and a katipunero on the other side holding the Katipunan standard.


Here, a young katipunero weilding a bolo, and old man rescuing an unconscious mother beside her children.


A detail of the mother with her children


Two new recruits of the Katipunan: the one with the salakot is determined to follow the sandugo ritual.


Another view of the figures on the right-hand side of the Bonifacio centre


Two-thirds of the executed priests GomBurZa: Jose Burgos is still at the garrote while Jacinto Zamora lies dead.


Mariano Gomez completes the GomBurZa trio; beside him is another dead man who has suffered painfully.


This grieving family displays one of the horrors of a battle: the innocents are not spared.


A katipunero charging for battle and a remorseful scene of a dying comrade


Another life is sacrificed.

The personification of Victory is places atop the obelisk of the Bonifacio Monument.

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).


3 thoughts on “Entry 077

  1. Hi Sir, my name is JJ Rimando. I would like to request for permission to use some of your photos. May I know your email or facebook page so that I can send you a message regarding the details? Thank you very much sir.

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