The case for Andres Bonifacio as the first Philippine president Published Still, there are those who believe he had another role in Philippine history — as the country's first president. Bonifacio, often portrayed with a bolo in hand, is most known for leading the Katipuneros' revolt against the Spanish colonizers. However, he died not in battle but under orders from another Katipunero, Emilio Aguinaldo, who is currently recognized as the first Philippine president.
Michael Charleston Chua Amidst the concrete jungle in the middle of the city of Caloocan, amongst the smog of pollution, stands the dignified figure of Andres Bonifacio—national hero, Founder of the Katipunan, Father of the Filipino Nation, the great plebeian who spearheaded the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards.
His social consciousness and deep understanding of his culture led to his involvement in Dr.
Inwhen politics prevailed among the Katipuneros in Cavite, Bonifacio was replaced by Gen. A competition was launched and sculptors submitted proposals for the design of the monument using aliases.
The design chosen was that of Guillermo Tolentino, a graduate of classical sculpture in Rome. At the top of the 45 feet high obelisk is a figure very similar to the classical sculpture "Winged Victory.
Around the obelisk, 23 figures in darkened bronze depict the events that led to the Philippine Revolution: The execution of the three martyr priests Gomez, Burgos at Zamora, and the injustices committed by the Spanish colonizers against the Filipinos.
The dominating figure of course is that of Andres Bonifacio, calm and dignified amidst the turbulent events around him, with bolo on one hand and a revolver in the other. Behind Life and times of andres bonifacio is the figure of Emilio Jacinto, brains of the Katipunan, and a standard bearer.
The monument was constructed during the time when the issue of Philippine Independence from the Americans was being deliberated upon, and when many of those who participated in the revolution led by Bonifacio were still around—nationalistic feeling around the country was very much intense, and not a few got emotional seeing the monument.
Some say, that although Tolentino sculpted all the other figures in the realistic style where the pain and suffering of the Filipinos were greatly manifestedthe figure of Bonifacio in Barong Tagalog was the only figure done in the classical style imitating the Graeco-Roman figures that show no emotions.
It was said that this is what the Americans wanted because a defiant Bonifacio might inspire another rebellion. Great was the sacrifice and great was their reward. Despite the research, the monument was not spared from controversies.
It depicted Bonifacio far from the stereotype of him at that time as a man dressed in camisa de chino with a bolo at one hand and the Katipunan flag on the other, yelling like wild. When the protests came in, Tolentino countered his critics with his research.
The likeness was based not only on a photograph of Bonifacio, but on the bone structure of his sister Espiridiona as well. Interviews of surviving Katipuneros gave an idea of his attire and revealed that, contrary to popular belief, Bonifacio favored in battle his gun over his bolo.
One account says that on their way to Caloocan inmany Katipuneros traveled disguised as women to get past the Spanish police and military.
To make his baro't saya more convincing, Bonifacio had to leave his bolo behind and take his gun instead. Tolentino left no stone unturned in his research, and he was prepared to show documentation for such minute details as the position of the holster on Bonifacio's belt.
Over and above all this, Tolentino even consulted espiritistas to discern the true likeness and character of Bonifacio.
Inthe title National Artist for Sculpture was conferred on Tolentino in Today, because it has become part of the daily lives of the people of Caloocan, it seems that the monument is being neglected and only a few people notice the beauty and ponder on the significance of the monument.
But recently, the monument caught attention once again inwhen its transfer to faraway Tala in the same city was proposed by Mayor Rey Malonso to give way for the Light Rail Transit Extension. This move was prevented by a resolution by the National Historical Institute, signed by its chairman Ambeth Ocampo, which reminds everyone that the Bonifacio Monument is a national shrine and that transferring it would be against the law.
The lasting relevance of the monument is a reflection of the continuing importance to the people of the life and heroism of Manong Andres himself. Militant groups, in many protests, rally around another statue of his in Manila.
Ina book by the American historian Glenn Anthony May who brought out questions on what we know about the Supremo, sparked a debate among scholars on the Philippines. Before, the impression was that the educated Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was superior in terms of leadership and military skills than the impulsive Bonifacio.
But the Supremo was found out to be an excellent organizer with a movement whose members spread out across the archipelago Ferdinand C. Llanes edKatipunan:Statistics for All Levels 'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
This is an analytical study of crucial documents that shed light on the last few months of Andres Bonifacio’s life in the province of Cavite. On the basis of its findings, the study calls for a drastic revision of the historiography of those events dealing with the life of this national hero and the fate of the Philippine Revolution of the.
For all his fame, we only have one surviving photograph of Andres Bonifacio, and he sure isn’t wearing the Katipunero uniform (™) of a white camisa de chino with a red scarf in it.
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