What is Bantayog?
Click and watch a short video presentation about the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
Celebration of Life
As we honor each one in their birth month, we thereby keep their light burning in our hearts and homes, our communities, and in our country. Read and be inspired by the lives of Bantayog martyrs and heroes who celebrate their birthday this month.
Gallery of Wisdom
Learn and be inspired from words of wisdom coming from Bantayog martyrs and heroes.
Conversations: Revisiting Martial Law
Ka Jerry has since survived the First Quarter Storm (FQS), cancer of the larynx, and an assassination attempt in 1982 in Davao City where he managed to escape. A slug embedded between the upper and lower lobes of his right lung is a morbid reminder of martial law.
Marcos Jr. cannot and should not be allowed to simply brush all these aside as mere allegations, and by seeking shelter in his confidence in the positive judgment of history. If indeed history is any guide, no one in his right mind should even be thinking of putting another Marcos in Malacanang—or even another Marcos within a heartbeat of the Presidency.
“We can trace the origin of the killings with impunity to the Marcos dictatorship’s having abetted the brutal ways by which paramilitary groups freely carried out political killings and other human rights violations.”
During Martial Law in the 70s, Dulphing Ogan, 50, a Blaan, recalled that he was barely 10 years old when his family and neighbours hurriedly left their homes to seek refuge in the woods in Sarangani province. It was his earliest memory of evacuation, by his own community caught between armed clashes of the Moro Black Shirts and the Ilonggo Land Grabbers Association (Ilaga).
The Great Lean Run honors the life of iconic UP student leader Lean Alejandro and commemorates the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.
Rappler recently published Bantayog’s open letter at their site. Read the open letter and the numerous comments and reaction from social media at Rappler.
On March 14, 1985, Lean Alejandro wrote a letter to Psychology Department Professor Dr. Rita Estrada. He was still detained at the Camp Ipil Reception Center, Fort Bonifacio at that time.
On Aug. 26, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was asked during an interview with ANC’s Headstart whether, as a potential candidate for the country’s top positions, he would apologize for the corruption and abuses perpetrated by his father’s brutal regime. The meat of his response was, “What am I to say sorry about?” This is a response to Senator Marcos’ question. For clarifications, please contact Bantayog.
On August 21, 2015 5PM right after the 29th Annual Membership Meeting of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, we’ll be having the soft launch of Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sa ‘Yo: Heroes and martyrs of the Filipino people in the struggle against dictatorship Vol. 1, a book project in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
On August 21, 2015 2PM we will be having the annual membership meeting at the Amb. Yuchengco Auditorium, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center, Quezon Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City. A soft launch of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani and National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ book project will happen at 5pm.