Andres Bonifacio, also known as Supremo, the revolutionary leader of KKK (Kataas-taasanm Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan), was born and raised in Tondo, Manila. Tondo has become synonymous with many things but foremost of which is the name of Andres Bonifacio, a true son of Tondo.
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Here are some of the places in Tondo that became part of Andres Bonifacio’s life:
Calle Rosario, Binondo: Andres sold canes and paper fans here to support his siblings after they were orphanced. It is now Quintin Paredes Street.
Calle Nueva, Binondo: Andres worked here as a warehouse keeper of Fressel and Company. It is now Enrique T. Yuchengco Street.
Iglesia Católica de la Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Simbahan ng Binondo): Church where Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria de Jesus were married.
Calle Azcarraga, Parteng Tondo: Birthplace of Andres Bonifacio. It is near Calle Ylaya (now Claro M. Recto Avenue)
Iglesia Católica del Niño Jesús (Simbahan ng Tondo): Church where Andres Bonifacio was baptized.
Calle Azcarraga Kanto ng Calle Elcano: Here once stood Deodato Arellano’s house, where the Katipunan was founded. Arellano became its first president.
Calle Magdalena, Trozo, Tondo: Here once stood the house of Emilio Jacinto, a member of the Supreme Council of the Katipunan and close comrade of Andres Bonifacio. It is now Guillermo Masangkay Street.
Meisic: The primary school where Andres Bonifacio attended was located here. It was owned by Cebuano educator Guillermo Osmeña.
Calle de Lavezares, San Nicolas: Located here is the house owned by Dr. Pio Valenzuela, Ulpiano Hernandez, and Faustino Duque, all comrades of Andres Bonifacio in the Katipunan, It was also here that the Katipunan’s printing press was housed and where the maiden issue of the Kalayaan, the association’s oficial organ, was printed.
Teatro Zorrilla: One of the notable theaters in Tondo, especially of the elite. Theater acting was part of Andres Bonifacio’s life, in fact, he founded a theater group, El Teatro Porvenir, whose performances became one of the sources of funds for the Katipunan.
Calle Dulumbayan, Santa Cruz: Andres Bonifacio’s house was located here in the 1890’s. It is now Rizal Avenue.
Barrio Palomar, Tondo: Some members of the Supreme Council of the Katipunan lived here in 1895, like Jose Trinidad (alias Subiang) and Guillermo Masangkay (alias Alakdan).
Estación Central, Tutuban, Tondo: Part of the lot of this Manila-Daguan Railway Station is Andres Bonifacio’s birthplace
Where: Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan City, Philippines
When: The Museo ng Katipunan is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm.
How much: No entrance fee but visitors can donate cash.
How: From the Cubao MRT station, ride a jeepney bound to San Juan. Alight the vehicle at the corner of N. Domingo and B. Serrano, walk towards the new San Juan City Hall for 5 minutes. Museo ng Katipunan is near the city hall.
From J. Ruiz LRT Station, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off to the Museo ng Katipunan. Fare is P30.00 (US $0.68).