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The Victims of Martial Law Memorial Wall and Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine

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The Victims of Martial Law Memorial Wall and Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine

The last leg of the Philippine Postal Heritage Tour was a historical visit to two Manila landmarks: The Victims of Martial Law Memorial Wall, and the Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine.

And just like the rest of the tour, we walked from Arroceros Forest Park to these two shrines near the Manila City Hall. By now, our numbers dwindled to about fifteen people from the initial more than fifty. It was already late afternoon and the group was tired. But Mr. Lawrence Chan, our tour guide, was as enthusiastic as ever as he continued to talk about the meaning behind these landmarks.

The Memorial Wall of the Victims of Martial law was unveiled by then Mayor Lito Atienza on September 2006. It was a tribute to Filipinos who fought against the imposition of military rule more than three decades ago. Atienza himself, was imprisoned for defying the Marcos dictatorship.

The Wall is made of four large blocks of black marble where some 800 names of martial law victims were etched. A plaque explaining the memorial is on one end.

Bonifacio Memorial Shrine with the Manila City Hall's bell tower in the background.

A few feet away from the Memorial Wall is the Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine. This late in the afternoon, the area was filled with skateboarding teenagers, street vendors and little children climbing all over the huge shrine. They even wanted us to take a picture of them as they posed at the very top of the statue!

Depicted in the Bonifacio Shrine are selected periods in the life of this famous national hero, where various events and personalities shaped Philippine history.

Interested to join Mr. Chan's weekly tours? View his tour schedules here.


Jack Steve said...

Marcos declared martial law on 21st Sept 1972, its been 40 years now, the wall tells us the story of filipinos who fought against this military rule.

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