San Juan: Museo ng Katipunan (Pinaglabanan’s Triple History Treat #2)
Located inside the Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine Complex in San Juan. This two-story, older structure houses the museum, opened to the public in 2006, giving insight to the armed, secret society founded by Andres Bonifacio, the Kataas-Taasang Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, or simply Katipunan.
Going up the stairs to the second floor where the museum itself is located, you are greeted with a bust of Bonifacio and a dedication to the Katipunan. The gallery is a bit more dimly lit compared to the newer El Deposito gallery.
The museum gives insights on the life of Bonifacio, his ideas for the Tagalog nation free from a foreign power, and the armed movement that he had founded. There is also information written about the key members of the Katipunan, like Gregoria de Jesus, Bonifacio’s wife; and Emilio Jacinto, who at the young age of 18 joined the secret movement and was named the Brain of Katipunan for writing the Kartilya, the Katipunan’s main guidebook.
There are at least three dioramas. One of them is a depiction of the blood compact, or sanduguan, a ritual where each member signs a contract of their membership and to religiously uphold the secrecy of the movement, and a smaller, glass-encased one depicting the same scene. The third one depicts the Cry of Pugadlawin where the Katipunan openly declared war against the Spanish rule whilst tearing up their cedulas (a kind of tax certificate) as an act of defiance, shortly after their supposed secret movement was revealed to the colonizers by a disgruntled member over a dispute on wages.
There is also a guide, detailing each element of the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City, the centerpiece of the rotunda intersecting EDSA, Rizal Avenue, MacArthur Highway, and Samson Road.
Among the artifacts displayed is the arsenal of weapons used by the Katipuneros, namely knives, bolos, and firearms. There is also a collection of anting-anting or amulets which were believed to protect the wearer from any harm. The amulets come in various forms: most are pendants, but there are at least one camisa (garment), handkerchiefs, and a couple of paper containing prayers in Latin.
MUSEO EL DEPOSITO
Adjacent to the Museo ng Katipunan is the El Deposito Museum. The building housing the Philippine waterworks history, the Museo El Deposito, was opened to the public just this year. Upon entrance, you need to deposit your large bag before going to the museum on the second floor. At the reception area is a relief map showing the Carriedo Waterworks system imposed on a modern map.
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- Free (Open all day)
Both the Museo El Deposito and the Katipunan Museum are free of charge.
Opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- At Camp Crame, there are jeepneys whose route passes by the Pinaglabanan Shrine.
- RRCG buses that ply the Ortigas Avenue going to Sta. Mesa also passes by the Pinaglabanan Shrine.
From EDSA, you can take two routes:
• Take the Boni Serrano Avenue westbound (besides Camp Crame), go straight along this avenue until reaching Pinaglabanan Shrine. The shrine will be at your right-hand side.
• Take Ortigas Avenue westbound (besides POEA building), and turn left at Bonny Serrano Avenue. Go straight until reaching Pinaglaban Shrine.
From Aurora Boulevard, enter Gilmore Avenue southbound (it is one-way southbound street) and go straight until right before reaching Bonny Serrano Avenue. Turn right and go straight until reaching Pinaglabanan Shrine.
If going from Sta. Mesa, take the Araneta Avenue eastbound and turn left at N. Domingo Street. Turn right at Pinaglabanan Street: there is a monument called “Diwa ng 1896” (Spirit of 1896) at one corner. Go straight until reaching Pinaglabanan Shrine.
- Museo ng Katipunan Museum Curator: Christian Bernard Melendez
- Telephone Number: +632 5764336
- Cellphone Number: +639175537856
- Email: Pinaglabananmemorialshrine@gmail.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/MuseoNgKatipunanPMS/
Part of Pinaglabanan Triple History Treat
- Restrooms are available in both El Deposito and Katipunan museums.
- There are no food stalls at the Pinaglabanan Shrine. The closest commercial center is the Santolan Town Plaza a 10-minute walk away, but a number of carinderia exists at the periphery.
- A weekend market named Sabado Mercado opens at Pinaglabanan Shrine every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.