The QC Blogventure tour was organized as part of the month-long celebration of Quezon City 75th Diamond Jubilee headlined by Mayor Herbert Bautista as the Grand Parade of Lights headed to its last stop last night at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
A total of 75 bloggers joined QC Blogventure tour to commemorate the cityhood by visiting the places that makes Quezon City what it is now and what it will be in the future with the theme ‘Great, Green, and Growing‘.
We would never have heard of Bantayog ng mga Bayani if it weren’t for this fun and historic city tour. In between food discoveries in Banawe and sharing the most-talked about ‘rumors’ and facts in our Philippine history, Bantayog ng mga Bayani stands out as our most precious treasure find of the day.
Should Quezon City be organizing a heritage tour for students and foreign visitors, we highly suggest that Bantayog ng mga Bayani be one of the main attractions on the list.
Quite unpopular, you’ll be surprised that Bantayog ng mga Bayani is just a few walks away from Eton Centris, a commercial and business hub located in EDSA cor. Quezon Ave. – accessible through the EDSA MRT 3 line.
Eton Centris is a leisure community where families can enjoy and spend the whole day and it’s also a convenient place for call-center agents to work at.
From Eton Centris, tourists can take a walk to Bantayog ng mga Bayani, which is just at the back of the establishment. Also known as Bantayog Memorial Center, the historic park and museum stands on 1.5 hectares of land leased from the Land Bank of the Philippines through Presidential Proclamation No. 132 dated July 25, 1987. It is near the MRT station on Quezon Avenue and EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City. The landscaped park was designed by National Artists for Architecture Ildefonso P. Santos.
Once inside, a tour guide will lead visitors to the Inang Bayan Monument, a 35-foot monument depicting Mother Philippines (Inang Bayan) lifting a fallen martyr but looking at the future with full of hope and fortitude. The monument was designed and created by Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo.
Inside the park, there is this called the Wall of Remembrance, in black granite immortalizing the martyrs and heroes who dared fight the repressive and corrupt regime which ruled the country from December 30, 1965 to February 25, 1986.
Going inside the main hall located is the Bantayog Museum which tells the history of the rise and fall of the authoritarian regime with pictures, artifacts, paintings, and memorabilia covering the pre-martial law law period, repression, and resistance to the Marcos dictatorship.
The life stories of the martyrs and heroes are honored through the Hall of Remembrance.
There is also the Bantayog Library that is open to the public and are still accepting donations of books and reference materials on human rights, justice, and democracy.
Immediately after the People Power uprising in February 1986, an anti-dictatorship group organized Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Inc. on August 21, 1986. Among them were Dona Aurora A. Aquino, Sen. Jovito R. Salonga, Dr. pedro L. Yap, Atty. Abraham F. Sarmiento, Mrs. Josefina M. Jopson, and others to name a few.
Bantayog Memorial Center is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8AM – 5PM, and on Saturdays by appointment.
Why Bantayog ng mga Bayani is a place you must visit
The Marcos regime was an important period of our Philippine history, especially when Pres. Marcos announced Martial Law and made it in effect immediately. Activists and opposing parties protested it because of human rights violation. During the Martial Law, there were many cases of human rights violations that were never accounted for and justice were denied to the victims.
Bantayog ng mga Bayani presents the other side of the much glorified Marcos government so that visitors of Bantayog will get a glimpse of what it was like to live in that period, most importantly if you were fighting against the corrupt practices of the administration at that time.
As part of historical tour, Bantayog ng mga Bayani should be included in travel agencies lists of places to visit in Quezon City. Just like War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh, it may be one of the ugliest period but it doesn’t mean that people should forget the horrors of Vietnam War.
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