Metro Manila · Shrines Built For Philippine Revolutionary Heroes

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The Philippines has a number of national heroes who fought for freedom and the rights of Filipinos during the Philippine revolution. A few of these heroes include Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal, and Apolinario Mabini.

Rizal Shrine

Located in the fortified complex of Fort Santiago that served as the barracks for Spanish soldiers during Spanish times, the Rizal Shrine is a place frequently visited by Filipinos and tourists alike.

Jose Rizal, fondly called Pepe by his friends and family, spent most of his adult life fighting for reforms and was later accused of treason. The shrine is the very place where the Philippine national hero spent his last night before he was killed by firing squad. Member’s of Rizal’s family later found the poem “Mi Ultimo Adios” (My Last Farewell) in an oil lamp inside the room where he slept before his death.

The site now houses various memorabilia. This includes books, artworks, and even shells that Rizal collected while in exile in Dapitan.

Address: Santa Clara Street, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

Pinaglabanan Shrine

Pinaglabanan is loosely translated to “where the fight happened”. Pinaglabanan Shrine located in San Juan, Metro Manila was built to commemorate the Philippine Revolution and now serves as a reminder of the acts of bravery of the Katipunan led by Andres Bonifacio.

The shrine, much like the one devoted to Jose Rizal, has its own museum. It was inaugurated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in August of 2012 during the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine patriot Bonifacio.

The museum displays a number of Katipunan artifacts and also showcases various Andres Bonifacio memorabilia.

Address: Domingo cor. Pinaglabanan Street, San Juan, Metro Manila

Apolinario Mabini Shrine

The shrine is located in the Sta Mesa Manila house where Philippine nationalist Apolinario Mabini died in 1903. Referred to by historians as the “Brains of the Philippine Revolution”, Mabini spent his days helping Katipuneros, the likes of Andres Bonifacio and his comrades. His belongings and other revolutionary memorabilia are housed at the Museo ni Apolinario Mabini.

Address: Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta Mesa, Manila