San Juan News
Pinaglabanan Shrine rehabilitation pushed
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora on Friday bared plans to rehabilitate the historic Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine.
The shrine, located beside City Hall, was unveiled in 1974. It was built to honor the heroism of Katipuneros, led by Andres Bonifacio, during the bloody Battle of San Juan Del Monte in 1896.
The battle, widely acknowledged as the first fight for Philippine independence, was a tragic defeat for the Katipunan, with hundreds of them killed or captured.
“We have a P50-million budget for this,” Zamora said.
The new mayor said the renovation would include new walkways, flooring, landscaping, and public toilets.
The centerpiece of the shrine is the sculpture “Spirit of Pinaglabanan” by renowned sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, who also sculpted the People Power Monument in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, “The Virgin” at the La Loma Cemetery, and “Youth’s Cry of Defiance” in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.
The Spirit of Pinaglabanan was built atop the ruins of El Deposito, the Spanish-era water reservoir attacked by Katipuneros on August 30, 1896.
Residents of San Juan visit the shrine on weekends with their family and friends.
“We will revitalize Pinaglabanan Shrine. We want to improve the shrine for everyone,” Zamora said.
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