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Seven places named after Andres Bonifacio

by Jillian CariolaPublished: November 24, 2017Updated: November 24, 2017

Aside from shrines and monuments, a lot of places and infrastructure also carry the name of the Father of the Philippine Revolution.

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This November 30 marks the 154th birthday of Filipino revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio. As the leader of the katipuneros who resisted Spanish rule, he is considered to be one of the country’s national heroes, and has since been honored with monuments and shrines erected at various parts of the Philippines. But he has not just lent his name to statues; actual places have also adapted the moniker of the Supremo. From an entire business district to a town in Negros Occidental, here are just a few locations that are surely proud to have been named after one of the most quintessential figures of our history.

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Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Originally called Fort McKinley, the military reservation was named after U.S. President William McKinley, who purchased the Philippines from Spain via the Treaty of Paris of 1898. In 1946, the Philippines gained political independence from the United States, and the Republic took possession and control of the country save for the military bases. It was not until 1949 that the U.S. Embassy Note No. 0570 or Transfer of Certain Military Reservations gave the Philippine government back some of these military bases, including Fort McKinley. In 1957, it was turned into the Philippine Army headquarters, and later on renamed Fort Bonifacio after the leader of the rebellion, whose father was a native of Taguig.

One of the most historically significant facts about Fort Bonifacio is that it was the detention center of senator and political opposition leader Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. when he was arrested in 1972 during the Marcos administration. It was also in this neighborhood, in Fort Bonifacio General Hospital, that Aquino’s body was brought after being assassinated in 1983.

Liwasang Bonifacio

Padre Burgos Avenue and Magallanes Street, Ermita, Manila

During the Spanish era, Manila was the site of Cuartel del Fortín, the quarters of the Spanish infantry regiment. In front of it was Plaza del Fortín, where residents would come to hear musical performances. As years passed, the fortress underwent many transformations, from a factory to the head office of the Bureau of Post, and eventually to the Manila Central Post office by the end of the Spanish–American War.

It was around this time that Plaza del Fortín was named after Henry Ware Lawton, an American general who was killed during the Philippine–American War. In 1963, Plaza Lawton was renamed Liwasang Bonifacio, and a statue of the hero designed by national artist Guillermo Tolentino was erected at the site in the same year. A true representation of its namesake katipunero, Liwasang Bonifacio is now the site of several political protests.

Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Quezon City

Quezon City to Manila

Andres Bonifacio Avenue, or A. Bonifacio Avenue, is 1.9 kilometers long and connects Manila and Quezon City, from Blumentritt Road in Manila to the North Luzon Expressway at Quezon City’s Balintawak Interchange. Found along the way are Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, Manila North Green Park, Manila North Cemetery and Manila Chinese Cemetery, Filinvest Land condo The Signature, and mixed-use community Ayala Land’s Cloverleaf project.

Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Marikina

Quezon City to Marikina

Connecting Quezon City to Marikina is the four-lane highway Andres Bonifacio Avenue. According to historians, Bonifacio passed through the area during the Philippine Revolution after hiding in the caves of Montalban. Extending from Aurora Boulevard to Sumulong Highway, the thoroughfare passes over Marikina River and traverses the towns of Barangka, Tañong, and Jesus dela Peña. Nearby landmarks include Sta. Monica Hospital, Riverbanks Center, Barangay Jesus Dela Peña Rizal Park, and Barangka Barangay Hall.

Andres Bonifacio College

Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Sur

Located in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Sur, Andres Bonifacio College was founded in 1940 by Amando Borja Amatong. Upon his death in 1943, his wife, Felicidad Mabanag Sybico, carried out his legacy, continuing on to pioneer an institute of higher learning in Mindanao. Andres Bonifacio College currently offers 55 degree and diploma programs in fields such as law, nursing, accountancy, business, engineering, criminology, political science, and mass communications. The school also houses the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center, home of FM radio station DXAA 92.5 and said to be the largest and most modern cultural and athletic center in northwestern Mindanao.

Barangay Andres Bonifacio

Sagay City, Negros Occidental

In Negros Occidental’s Sagay City is a barangay named after the hero. Formerly Sitio Maasin, it used to be the biggest sitio of Barrio Vito, but separated from the barrio in the late 1960s due to land donations made by the family of the late Carlos and Elea Canoy-Esperancilla. The idea to name the newly separated area after Bonifacio came from Mrs. Esperancilla herself. Aside from agricultural and industrial products, the town contributes to the city’s economy through tourism brought about by its natural and man-made caves.

Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center

Delpan Street, Tondo, Manila

Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) is a 150–200-bed hospital established in 1998. A Level 1 government-owned medical facility, it specializes in providing affordable health care to less privileged residents of the City of Manila. Within GABMMC is the Manila Dialysis Center, which was recently lauded by the United Nations Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships for providing free dialysis to Manileños with kidney diseases.

 

Sources: loc.gov, Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center Facebook page, manila.gov.ph, businessmirror.com.ph, Wikipedia.org

 

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