the quiet sentinels of Makati

The stretch of Makati Avenue in the busy commercial business district of Makati is an interesting sight by itself, not much because of the tall buildings along this road, but of the 3 monuments that gives this part of the city a distinct flavor, not to mention a reminder of what Philippine heroism is all about.

They also share a common history: all 3 were erected in 1972, a project of the Ayala Corporation in, for which sculptor Jose Mendoza was hired to do the work.

As Makati Avenue approaches the intersection of Paseo De Roxas, 2 statues can be found across each other. Along the northbound lane of Makati Avenue is the statue dedicated to Pio Del Pilar, known as the “Hero of Makati.” A Katipunero, who later became a general during the Philippine Revolution, he never swore allegiance to the United States in his lifetime as he continued to help seek Philippine independence even after Philippine defeat at the hands of the United States.

Across it is the statue of one of the most prominent Muslim Filipino leaders who successfully repulsed the Spaniards from conquering Mindanao in the 1600’s: Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat.

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Farther south at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues lies the statue of the Filipina revolt leader Gabriela Silang who carried on the struggle vs. the Spaniards upon the death of her husband Diego Silang until her capture and execution by the Spanish authorities.

It has been said that those who know not their past are bound to repeat it. While this entry isn’t that much, I hope all of us would take some time to appreciated the symbolism these bronze sentinels convey for us to better appreciate our past so we can move forward to a brighter future we all hope to attain.

 

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