Let's all stand up for Apolinario!

March 23, 2017

Within Paete's town plaza, one can see this monument dedicated to three of our country's national heroes. But what is curious is that Apolinario Mabini is depicted as standing up instead of sitting on his wheelchair, with a loin of cloth atop his degenerated legs. According to Laguna Tourism, Culture, Arts, and Trade Office's Peter V. Uckung, the Head of its History, Arts and Culture Division, this is the only statue of Mabini within the country where he is portrayed in an upright position. But this should not come as a surprise because Mabini used to have full function of his legs anyway, before poliomyelitis hit him. He even used to dance, according to historian Prof. Ambeth Ocampo.


What I don't get is why Andres Bonifacio looks like Huckleberry Finn.



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