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Once, the Filipino people removed a dictator in a bloodless revolution that inspired other movements. The People Power Revolution of 1986 may not have fulfilled all its promises of a better life, but it reinstalled the fundamental rights of the people. Abuse and corruption in governance that ensued cannot take away the legacies of the revolution – freedom and democracy. This figure is the centrepiece of the People Power Monument by the prolific Eduardo Castrillo.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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Raja Sulayman, one of the local chieftains who resisted the Spanish conquest of Manila in the 16th century, is commemorated with a monument in a plaza facing the Manila Bay. Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo envisioned an indignant figure wielding a kris and a shield (not in photo). The monument was installed in 1976.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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This detail from sculptor Eduardo Castrillo’s Katuparan ng Pangarap ng Lahi (literally “Attainment of the aspiration of the people”) shows the child – the offspring – as an equally important figure in society. The young are protected and nurtured; they are the recipient of the fruits of all the hard work of the present.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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Bantayog ng mga Bayani is a depiction of Motherland raising a fallen man. This giant brass sculpture is by Eduardo Castrillo. This is a commemoration of the men and women who fought for freedom and against suppression of rights during the Martial Law years in the Philippines.

Below are details of the faces of the figures.

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Photos by I.R. Arenas