CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The descendants of a Bulakeño revolutionary hero expressed disappointment at a monument that was unveiled in his honor to celebrate his 155th birth anniversary, saying the statue did not resemble him.
Before it was inaugurated last April 10, family members were able to view the statue.
General Isidoro Torres’ 7-foot-tall statue, installed at the People’s Republika Park in front of the newly built Malolos City Hall on MacArthur Highway, drew flak from the hero’s kin, which they felt made their ancestor look like a “madman.”
Atty. Toppie Torres, great granddaughter of the hero, wrote to Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian on April 6 asking him to postpone the state’s reveal for fear that it would be ridiculed on social media.
Meanwhile, Bulacan historian and president of the non-government organization Bulacan Salinlahi Inc. Isagani Giron who worked on the statue’s design, defended the appearance saying it was his idea to make the general look fierce to portray Matanglawin as a warrior and revolutionary.
Giron said the features were based on the image of Torres when he was the gobernadora de la plaza of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government from 1898 to 1899.
General Torres was given the wartime name “Matanglawin or Hawkeye” when joining the Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) and was present at Biak na Bato when leaders and members of the KKK tore their cedulas or residence certificates in defiance against the Spanish colonial government.
He fought numerous battles as a KKK soldier, eventually reaching the rank of Brigadier General.