MT. NAGPATONG AND THE BONIFACIO HISTORICAL EXECUTION SITE & ECO-TOURISM PARK

FINDING THE PATH WHERE THE BONIFACIO BROTHERS WERE EXECUTED


By: Dindo Mojica, C.E., M.Eng




 


Andres Bonifacio 150th Birth Anniversary
 

Blast from the Past:


Searching for Bonifacio’s Bones



Guillermo Masangkay
 
In 1918, the American-sponsored government of the Philippines mounted a search for Bonifacio’s remains in Maragondon. A group consisting of government officials, former rebels, and a man reputed to be Bonifacio’s servant found bones which they claimed were Bonifacio’s in a sugarcane field on March 17. The bones were placed in an urn and put into the care of the National Library of the Philippines. They were housed at the Library’s headquarters in the Legislative Building in Ermita, Manila, together with some of Bonifacio’s papers and personal belongings. The authenticity of the bones was much disputed at the time and has been challenged as late as 2001 by Ambeth Ocampo. When Emilio Aguinaldo ran for President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935, his opponent Manuel L. Quezón (the eventual victor) invoked the memory of Bonifacio against him, the bones being the result of Bonifacio’s execution at Aguinaldo’s hands. During World War II, the Philippines was invaded by Japan in 1941. The bones were lost due to the widespread destruction and looting during the Allied capture of Manila in February 1945.


Source: http://virtualjournals.net/2011/11/30/148th-birth-anniversary-of-gat-andres-bonifacio/



About Bonifacio’s Bones:


Where are bones of Bonifacio? by Ambeth Ocampo


Ambeth Ocampo – Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinions – The Mystery of Bonifacio’s bones

 
Andres Bonifacio Execution Site (foot of Mount Nagpatong)
 before it was developed into an Eco-Tourism Park 


The old NHI Marker at the foot of Mt. Nagpatong where Bonifacio brothers were executed

 A simple concrete pylon with historical plaque was installed by the NHI in the year 1995(before it became the Bonifacio Eco-Tourism Park) 

Watch News TV 11 about Bonifacio Park (November 28, 2012)

For more information, please visit Prof. Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua’s wordpress blog and video:


http://xiaochua.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/xiao-time-10-may-2013-ang-pagpaslang-kay-supremo-andres-bonifacio/

Andres Bonifacio Historical Execution Site and Eco-Tourism Park at Mount Nagpatong, Barangay Pinagsanhan-B, Maragondon, Cavite, Philippines
 
About the Place:
 
Please visit the Official Website of the Municipal Government of Maragondon, Cavite
 



National Historical Commission of the Philippines Blog on Mount Nagpatong:
National Historical Commission of the Philippines – Blog

Information:
 
Phase I – it includes the installation of the 12 ft bronze statue of Gat Andres Bonifacio and Procopio Bonifacio, KKK Sculptural Wall Relief, Shrine Platform and Plaza
 
Phase II – it includes the site-development for tourism purposes: construction of tourism information center, water supply system, driveway and parking area
 
Phase III – it includes the construction of overflow and footbridges, powerhouse, swimming pools (main and kids), concreting of pathways, landscaping, park lighting and luminaries.

It was completed before May 10, 2008

Source: Maragondon Chronicle Volume 1 Number 1 October – December 2007
Google Map of 
Andres Bonifacio Historical Execution Site 
and Eco-Tourism Park



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How to get there:


There is no available public transportation going to the site. As of now, there are earth roads connecting from the Barangay Pinagsanhan (Ibayo) proper going to the site. So it is advisable to use private vehicles (specially SUV’s and Jeeps) most especially in dry months. Hiking is also advisable going to the site.
 
Tourists/hikers are advised to coordinate with the local guides at the Local Government Unit of Maragondon, Cavite before going to the site.
The start of our journey
Going to Bonifacio Park (from Sapang, Ternate, Cavite just turn left)


From Barangay Pinagsanhan-B, Maragondon, Cavite, 
just turn right going to Bonifacio Park
Barangay Pinagsanhan Earth Road (Junction)
The long, rough and rugged earth road…
 Mt. Malikaban, at the background
 
 
the Overflowing Bridge in Pinagsanhan River
There is a bamboo gate across a dirt road that leads to the shrine built in Cavite in honor of Andres Bonifacio.
It is a primitive gate – the type where you have to pull out one by one the bamboo stems laid horizontally so the gate will swing open.
The gate is a short drive from a grassy clearing that I thought was the end of the road. There’s a man outside a hut who told us to make sure we keep the gate closed or else the grazing cows and carabaos might wander out. So my father opened it (again) and closed the simple bamboo gates so that cattles and water buffaloes will not go out so far… 
 
  Mt. Malikaban, at the background
(I thought it was Mt. Hulog or Mt. Buntis,
Mt. Hulog is located at Mt. Malikaban’s back)


Mount Malikaban, as the legend says that the goddess/fairy (diwata) lived in this mountain which her aim is to help the people in Maragondon by lending them things
We have taken the wrong path – 
Oh no were lost! (naligaw kami!)
 
(Dead-End)
Pinagsanhan River
The water buffaloes (carabaos) on view
  Mt. Malikaban, at the background
Mount Malikaban, as the legend says that the goddess/fairy (diwata) lived in this mountain which her aim is to help the people in Maragondon by lending them things


Going back to where we started…
 
 
There is another bamboo gate across a dirt road leads to the shrine built in Cavite in honor of Andres Bonifacio (second one).
It is also a primitive gate – the type where you have to pull out one by one the bamboo stems laid horizontally so the gate will swing open.
The gate is a short drive from a grassy clearing that I thought was the end of the road. There’s a man outside a hut who told us to make sure we keep the gate closed or else the grazing cows and carabaos might wander out. So my father opened it (again) and closed the simple bamboo gates so that cattles and water buffaloes will not go out so far… 
Yes, a concrete road at last!
We have just made it… Going to Bonifacio Park/Shrine
Mount Nagpatong at the background
Here it is…
The creek at the entrance
The entrance gate
 
Note: Php 20 (twenty pesos) entrance fee (environmental fee)
Utility House
Bonifacio Park/Shrine Landscape
 
 
On the right side is the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine. With a garden-like landscape on both sides ornamented with flowers and foliage, plus the benches, a cobble-stoned walkway leads to the shrine platform and plaza. The marker of the shrine detailing Bonifacio’s heroism and death is fenced and marbled. Behind in it is the elevated shrine where the 12-foot (4m) bronze statue of the slain Bonifacio brothers, and the KKK and Bayani sculptural wall reliefs depicting the intrepid men and women of the Katipunan stand.
The National Historical Institute (NHI) 
Marker and Monument
Supremo Gat Andres Bonifacio’s Marker
(“I’m still confuse on what date Hermano Supremo died…”)
The NHI Marker says that:
 
Mt. Nagpatong, Maragondon, Cavite
 
Last May 10, 1897
on this place which called Nagpatong, 
near Mount Buntis, Maragondon,
where the Brothers the Supremo, Andres Bonifacio
and Procopio Bonifacio was shot 
according to decision of the Military Court 
of the Revolutionary Government 


or it should be translated to: 


“by order of the military tribunal of the revolutionary government” (of Emilio Aguinaldo)


 
THE UPPER SIDE OF THE MONUMENT
(By Freemasons)
 
(Front View)
 
Note: My Spanish to English translation was not very good… 😦
 
(Translated from Spanish to English)
 
Legionnaires work and
Erected this monument
To perpetuate
Up to future generations
The 26th day of April 1897
Have been buried in this site
The corpse of
Andres Bonifacio
(Left Side View)
 
Participating Masonic Lodges:
Talisay Lodge 180
Kandong Lodge 460
Malaya Lodge 227
Cadig Lodge 486
Pulong Bato Lodge 246
Socrates Lodge 303
Naparing Lodge 462
26 de Mayo Lodge 468
Kanlupa Lodge 385
Dagupan Lodge 164
Laya Lodge 148
Bontoc Lodge 391
Juban Lodge 426
Kalimbas Lodge 101
Bagong Buhay Lodge 447
Pasong Santol Lodge 141
Pico de Loro Lodge 372
(Rear View)
 
(Translated from Spanish to English)
 
This monument was inaugurated
Last November 26, 1925
 
Domingo Ponce
Grand Legionary
Jose C. Hilario
Grand Secretary
 Buenaventura C. Medina
Grand Treasurer
 (Right Side View)
 
Participating Masonic Lodges:
Sambuan Lodge 211
Naga Lodge 348
Tres Marias Lodge 455
Buhay Lodge 179
Sambag Lodge 504
Villa de Asingan Lodge 277
Cervantes Lodge 399
Allang Lodge 484
Bulubundukin Lodge 230
Matarais Lodge 454
Halcon Lodge 403
Sumagang Lodge 369
Venus del Rosario 485
Kasilawan Lodge 232
Palanog Lodge 483
Martires de Cavite Lodge 177
Mengal Lodge 311
 (Side View)
(Landscape View)
THE WALL MURAL
 
 The brothers, Supremo Andres Bonifacio (left) and Procopio Bonifacio
 
Procopio Bonifacio
Hermano Gat Andres Bonifacio

 Supremo Gat Andres BonifacioA 4 meter (12 ft) bronze monument crafted by Sculptor Imao

 THE PARK/SHRINE COMPLEX
 

The bridge going to Mount Nagpatong summit
 
On the right side is the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine. With a garden-like landscape on both sides ornamented with flowers and foliage, plus the benches, a cobble-stoned walkway leads to the shrine platform and plaza. The marker of the shrine detailing Bonifacio’s heroism and death is fenced and marbled. Behind in it is the elevated shrine where the 12-foot (4m) bronze statue of the slain Bonifacio brothers, and the KKK and Bayani sculptural wall reliefs depicting the intrepid men and women of the Katipunan stand.
 
 
The ECO Pavilion (The Clubhouse)

 Amid its verdant surroundings, there is a pavilion set at the left portion of the main entrance. Going inside is a spacious function hall that can accommodate 100 persons, 

a tourist information center, and a souvenir shop selling Maragondon bamboo-craft products.



(Front View)
 
Perspective
 
 Rear View of ECO Pavilion
INSIDE THE ECO-PAVILION
Souvenir Shop
 
Souvenir Shop
 
THE SWIMMING POOL (ECO-PAVILION)
Swimming Pool
My Friends and Family
CLIMBING UP TO MOUNT NAGPATONG SUMMIT
 
 My brother, Dennis starting to climb the Mt. Nagpatong summit
There are concrete pathways leading to campsites and picnic areas
 Tatay Bene Milay at the Picnic Area
Now, were going to the summit of Mt. Nagpatong
 
At the summit
Going Down…
 Mt. Malikaban, at the background
Mt. Hulog is located at Mt. Malikaban’s rear.

Mount Malikaban, as the legend says that the goddess/fairy (diwata) lived in this mountain which her aim is to help the people in Maragondon by lending them things

It’s time to go home…
 Bamboos, Maragondon’s exclusive product in the Province of Cavite
Traversing an Overflow Concrete Bridge at Pinagsanhan River
 
Taking Left turn going to Ternate, Cavite 
(Right side going to Barangay Pinagsanhan Proper)
 Boundary of Brgy. Pinagsanhan (Maragondon) 
and Brgy. Sapang (Ternate)
Back to Sapang, Ternate, Cavite (Governor’s Drive)
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