Bantayog ng mga Bayani

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Bantayog ng mga Bayani
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Coordinates14°38′39″N 121°2′21″E / 14.64417°N 121.03917°E / 14.64417; 121.03917Coordinates: 14°38′39″N 121°2′21″E / 14.64417°N 121.03917°E / 14.64417; 121.03917
LocationQuezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Dedicated toThe memory of Martial law in the Philippines and People Power Revolution
Official website

The Bantayog ng mga Bayani (lit. Monument of Heroes, also known as the Bantayog Memorial) is a memorial dedicated to individuals who fought the 21-year dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos.[1]


Immediately following the People Power Revolution in 1986 which ousted President Ferdinand Marcos, Ruben Mallari, a Filipino-American medical doctor visiting the Philippines, proposed the creation of a memorial as a dedication to people who opposed the authoritarian rule of Marcos but didn't live past the People Power Revolution.[2]

The Bantayog ng mga Bayani Memorial Foundation was organized as a response to Mallari's suggestion, with Ledivina V. Cariño, former Dean of the University of the Philippines’ College of Public Administration aiding with the creation of a concept paper for the memorial.[2]


Wall of Remembrance[edit]

The Wall of Remembrance.

The names of people deemed as martyrs during the Marcos administration who opposed the authoritarian rule of the president for the "sake of freedom, justice" are enshrined on a wall known as the "Wall of Remembrance."[2]

Victims' families, civic organization members, and the general public may nominate people for the Wall of Remembrance. Nominations are reviewed under a set of criteria by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Memorial Foundation's Research and Documentation Committee, which makes recommendations to its Executive Committee for further review. The Board of Trustees makes the final approval.[2]

The first batch of 65 names, including that of Benigno Aquino Jr., was enshrined on the wall in 1992. The Foundation decided to include people who advocated freedom, justice, and democracy during the Marcos administration who lived beyond the People Power Revolution.[2]

As of 2018, 305 names have been enshrined on the Wall of Remembrance.[3][4][5]

Ang Mamatay ng Dahil sa 'Yo: Heroes and Martyrs of the Filipino People in the Struggle Against Dictatorship 1972-1986 (Volume 1), published in 2015 by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, features short biographies of the "heroes and martyrs of the... resistance against the martial law dictatorship."[6][7]


The grounds of the Bantayong ng mga Bayani were designed by Ildefonso P. Santos Jr., who was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Landscape Architecture in 2006.[8]


  1. ^ Layug, Margaret Claire (2018-11-30). "7 more 'heroes' added to 'Bantayog ng mga Bayani' wall". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About". Bantayog ng mga Bayani. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Gamil, Jaymee (2 December 2015). "15 new martyrs honored in Bantayog ng mga Bayani". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ Doyo, Ma. Ceres P. "11 more heroes in Bantayog ng mga Bayani". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  5. ^ Doyo, Ma. Ceres P. (November 30, 2018). "7 new Bantayog heroes honored today". Inquirer News. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  6. ^ "Ang mamatay nang dahil sa 'yo – Bantayog ng mga Bayani". Bantayog ng mga Bayani. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  7. ^ Doyo, Ma. Ceres P. "'Ang mamatay nang dahil sa 'yo'". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  8. ^ Santos, Tomas U. "Thomasians named new National Artists". Retrieved 2018-11-01.