Sculpture 10: Art Depictions of Andres Bonifacio
This post is a compilation of figures of the great Philippine bayani (I prefer to use this term rather than the foreign concept of hero) Andres Bonifacio. I consider him a unifier of the “Filipinos” against foreign oppression, a catalyst for a defined national consciousness through revolution and arms, and an unfortunate victim of politicking and betrayal.
Today, 30 November, we are commemorating his birth. So much misconceptions surround his very figure and identity. It is up to the historians to unravel the obscured Bonifacio and put him to a better esteem by a new generation of Filipinos.
Arguably the most popular of the Bonifacio figures is this one by Guillermo Tolentino in Kalookan
Another Guillermo Tolentino’s work at the Liwasang Bonifacio in front of the Manila Central Post Office
A detail of the figure
Another work by Guillermo Tolentino; this bust is housed at the National Museum
Florentino Caedo’s Bonifacio bust at the LRT Central Station terminal
Close up of the bust
Eduardo Castrillo’s metal relief at the Bonifacio Shrine between the Manila City Hall and Mehan Garden; here, he is brandishing a gulok and exposing his cut arm from a blood compact ritual
Napoleon Abueva’s Bonifacio at the Balintawak Cloverleaf Exit; this is based from Ramon Martinez’s iconic Homenaje del pueblo filipino a los heroes del 96 that many have mistaken to be Bonifacio
Detail of a painting by Romy Mananquil showing Bonifacio among other figures of the struggle against the Spanish; exhibited at a gallery in Gateway, Cubao
Here is good read about the iconization of Bonifacio, as presented by the Presidential Museum and Library.
(All images included in this post are mine.)