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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