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May 29, 2009
Father of the Philippine Revolution
Liwasang Bonifacio, the park in front of the Manila Central Post Office building, is named after Andres Bonifacio (b. 30 November 1863, d. 10 May 1897), a leading founder of the Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Supreme and Venerable Society of the Children of the Nation), or Katipunan for short, a secret society which aimed for independence from Spain through armed revolt. Bonifacio's story does not end well, but for his role in the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule, he is considered one of the country's national heroes. Maybe it is respect for a man of humble origins who rose to greatness that stays the hands of vandals in the park, but instead of spray-painting it on, graffiti is written on pieces of paper which are then stuck onto the monument.