June 28, 2010

More Filipino than…

Roman Ongpin (1847–1912) was a Chinese-Filipino businessman, nationalist, civic leader, patron of the arts and philanthropist. He was born in Binondo, Manila's Chinatown, of immigrant parents. He secretly supported the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonial government and, when the Philippine-American War broke out, Ongpin again secretly supported the revolutionaries against the U.S. But the Americans found out and he was imprisoned from 1900–1901. Binondo's most famous street—the one with the funny street sign—is named after him.

statue of Roman Ongpin in Binondo, Manila


CDP bloggers! There are only three days left to vote for the August theme and to prepare your photo for the July 1 theme day: Reflections. Why do I have the feeling that James was the inspiration for this one?

11 comments:

Olivier said...

une belle statue, et j'aime bien l'angle de prise de vue, vue d'en bas

Don and Krise said...

Ha-Ha!! I remember your post of that sign Hilda.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello Hilda!
Beautiful sculpture of this important man!
Hugs
Léia

dong ho said...

something i knew only now. before i just know that he has done something important but didnt thought it was during the spanish colonization that he fought for the filipinos.

VP said...

A solemn statue od a very important adn historical figure.

Kaori said...

He looks very important, but what is he holding in his hand?

AB said...

I like his fancy jacketr

Johnny said...

Hoal Hilda,
Una entrada muy documentada sobre la historia reciente de tu país. Se nota que esta hecho con cariño,

ps.
GDracias por tu comentario, la foto original es la de color e intenté darle un aspecto de la época de 1900

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting history for this post.

George said...

Thank you for giving us more information about Roman Ongpin. I remember the street sign and it is nice to know something of the man for which the street was named.

Jacob said...

Sounds like he was a true patriot! Nice sculpture, too.