Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine Park: The Site of the First Battle of Katipunan

Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine Park is a five-hectare park located in the city of San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. It houses the Pinaglabanan Shrine (also known as War Arena Memorial, Spirit of Pinaglabanan, or Dambana ng Pinaglabanan) to commemorate the first battle of the 1896 Philippine Revolution that happened on that site August 30, 1986, when the Katipuneros (revolutionary movement founded by Andres Bonifacio) lay siege to an arms storage facility, called the almacen de polvora, that belonged to the Spanish Colonial Government and the El Deposito.

I went here at 4:30 p.m. on July 15, 2013 with my friend, Marikon Ravelo.

Pinaglabanan Shrine

Pinaglabanan Shrine

Pinaglabanan Shrine

Pinaglabanan Shrine entitled “Spirit of Pinaglabanan,” is a sculpture that is composed of three cut and welded brass figures upon a 10 x 4.3 x 4.3 meter molded concrete base, depicting a statue of a woman supported by two children, holding up a bolo. This was built in 1974 by Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo. It is this statue that is depicted on the city’s seal.

Spirit of Pinaglabanan

Eduardo Castrillo’s Spirit of Pinaglabanan

El Deposito

Before the revolution the site, then known as El Deposito, served as the underground water reservoir measuring two hectares (20, 2000 square meters) and two feet deep, that supplied water to Manila.

Almacen de polvora

El Polvorin was a gun powder depot during the Spanish Colonization. To this day, the ruined tower of El Polvorin still stands.

Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine Park

Address N. Domingo corner Pinaglabanan Street, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Museum Schedule Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shrine Curator Ms. Bettina Ariolla
Contact numbers +63-02-3855896

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