In Quezon City, Five Monuments Honoring Heroes and History!
Gari Sy Rivera | November 08, 2019
Photos by the Author
As busy and modern as life is in Quezon City, it’s important to remember the areas within it that are dedicated to the past. See these monuments and parks that will remind you of the history that paved the way to Philippine life today!
1. People Power Monument
Honoring the People Power Revolution is its monument located at Barangay Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, by the corner of White Plains Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, the very road wherein the revolution was held. The shrine serves as a reminder of the 1986 “revolution that changed the world," the victory of Filipinos in their march for restoration of peace, justice, and democracy. The rows of civilian figures represent the different Filipinos from all walks of life who came together, hand in hand to win freedom, represented by the central figure of a woman breaking free from her shackles. Beside the monument is a statue of late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who served as a symbolic leader during the events that led up to the nation’s protest. This monument was sculpted by Filipino artist Eduardo Castillo in 1993.
2. Inang Bayan Monument
The monument, museum, and foundation that is Bantayog ng Mga Bayani features the Inang Bayan Monument on its grounds, serving as a commemoration of the martyrs who endured the two-decade dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Also sculpted by Eduardo Castillo, the monument was first initiated by Filipino-American doctor Ruben Mallari to honor those who fought and died against the Martial Law injustices. The figure depicts a woman symbolizing the Philippines as the “motherland”, reaching above for freedom as she carries with her a man on his knees, representing the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their selves for their countrymen.
3. Quezon Memorial Shrine
At the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle is the Quezon Memorial Shrine, honoring the life of former President Manuel L. Quezon who is noted for his many contributions in improving life for the Philippines, such as provisions for Philippine independence. Designed by Filipino architect Federico Ilustre in 1978, the monument features three towering columns, topped with grieving angels representing the three major islands of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Below the monument is the Museo ni Manuel L. Quezon (Museum of Manuel L. Quezon) that holds artifacts and objects associated with the life of the late President, including his remains stored in a stone coffin within the premises.
Known as the statue symbolizing the University of the Philippines, the Oblation was created by Filipino national artist Guillermo E. Tolentino and unveiled at UP’s Manila campus in 1935. The figured man with outstretched arms, face, and whole self in total surrender represents the idea of offering oneself for the unity and purpose of all. The monument was funded by the university’s students, as it was then established in the Manila City campus yet later transferred to the Diliman, Quezon City campus in 1949. The Oblation found along the University Avenue, however, is a replica of the original, which is now placed at the campus’ Main Library.
5. Tandang Sora National Shrine
Known as the “Mother of the Katipunan” and “Grand Woman of the Revolution,” Melchora Aquino's contributions to the country is honored through the Tandang Sora National Shrine Monument and Memorial Park. As an iconic revolutionary who many of the youth look up to today, she is celebrated as a key figure in the Philippine Revolution during Spanish Colonization for catering to those who needed shelter and aid. The heroine’s remains lay in the memorial park’s shrine, located at her birthplace on Banlat Road, Tandang Sora in Quezon City.