“What is the significance of Bonifacio Monument?…..”
The Andres Bonifacio Shrine near the Manila City Hall is a complex depiction of the life, struggle and death of the Manilenyo hero by renowned sculptor Eduardo Castrillo.
Carrying a bolo, in a very prominent stance, the big statue of Andres Bonifacio in a shrine located glorifies the hero who led the revolution of 1898. But the shrine is not limited only to the prime of his years as the leader of the Kataastaasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) as it also depicted his childhood until the time of his death at the hands of Emilio Aguinaldo’s minions. The Andres Bonifacio Shrine was unveiled during the Centennial Independence celebration in 1998 and has since then served as a prominent structure in the busy metropolis. The statue is 45-foot tall and is made of bronze.
Bonifacio is a man who lived a life that depicted the division of the Philippine society from the very beginning. The man has always been depicted in his camiso de Chino and trousers with his bolo slung on his side. He started the Katipunan to liberate the Filipino under the rule of the Spanish Colonial Government.
The revolution sparked in Manila and in the rest of the archipelago. Bonifacio did not win any battle against the oppressors. Other Filipinos, the Illustrados, believed to be the minions of General Emilio Aguinaldo, executed him at Mount Buntis in Cavite.
There are many statues of Bonifacio all over the country and each serve to honor his heroic act. The monument in the Bonifacio Shrine is a sign of gratitude by the people of Manila to the contributions of the Supremo.