Lumang Bantayog at Liwasan ni Bonifacio | Old Bonifacio Monument and Park

Official Name: Old Bonifacio Monument and Park

Classification Status: Heritage Landmark/Historical Site

Town or City: Naga City

Year Declared: 2016

Legislation: Ordinance No. 2016-004

The monument is now called the Cry of Balintawak Monument, or Naga Balintawak Monument, and is located in front of Museo de Naga in Naga City, Cebu. Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary leader who played a significant role in the struggle for Philippine independence from Spanish colonial rule during the late 19th century. He is often regarded as one of the most prominent figures in Philippine history and a key leader of the Philippine Revolution.

The Cry of Balintawak, also known as the Cry of Pugad Lawin, was a pivotal event that marked the beginning of the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule. It occurred on August 23, 1896, in the town of Pugad Lawin (now part of Quezon City) in the Philippines. Andres Bonifacio was one of the central figures associated with this event.

During the Cry of Balintawak, Bonifacio and his fellow Katipunan members gathered in a secret meeting held in a house in Pugad Lawin. There, they tore up their cedulas (community tax certificates), symbolizing their defiance of Spanish colonial authority and their commitment to the cause of Philippine independence. Bonifacio is famously known for raising the cry of "Long live the Philippines!" to rally his comrades to take up arms against the Spanish colonial regime.

The Cry of Balintawak marked the beginning of the armed struggle for Philippine independence and was a precursor to the larger Philippine Revolution that followed. It united various factions and regions of the Philippines in a common cause against Spanish rule. While Bonifacio played a significant role in initiating the revolution, the struggle for independence continued under various leaders and eventually led to the declaration of Philippine independence on June 12, 1898, and the eventual end of Spanish colonial rule.

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