Bantayog to honor 11 heroes on Bonifacio Day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2017 09:02 PM

A banking and insurance tycoon, an activist-priest and a journalist will join the ranks of the country's martyrs and heroes recognized for standing up for democracy and freedom during the Marcos dictatorship.

Yuchengco Group of Companies founder and former ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, Fr. Jose Dizon and journalist Antonio Ma. Nieva are among 11 individuals whose names will be etched on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City Thursday afternoon.

They will join honorees Tayab (Arthur) Aboli, Cesar T. Cayon, Coronacion Chiva, Dalama (Elma V. Tangente), Pablo G. Fernandez, Lumbaya Gayudan, Sabino G. Padilla Jr., and Francis S. Sontillano who will be remembered as the nation marks Bonifacio Day. 

"Bantayog undertakes its honoring ceremonies every year, usually on this important date, Bonifacio Day. It has so far honored 287 individuals, and will add 11 more this year, for a total of 298 individuals," the foundation said.

Yuchengco, the foundation's former chair emeritus, passed away in April 2017 at 94. He served as the Philippines' special envoy to China and Japan and was Philippine representative to the United Nations.

The businessman was a quiet supporter of the movement against the Marcos dictatorship. His help came in the form of valuable moral and material assistance.

Staunch Marcos critic Fr. Dizon died in 2013 at the age of 65 due to complications from diabetes. 

During martial law and even through succeeding administrations, he convened several organizations and was a regular figure in protests against injustice, corruption in government and human rights violations.

He was as passionate about his vocation as he was with his advocacy in serving the people. 

Meanwhile, as a writer, journalist, union organizer and activist, Nieva fought the dictatorship to defend press freedom and the rights of workers.

Nieva served as president of the National Press Club, the Manila Bulletin Employees Union and later founded the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Nieva died in 1997 in Prague, Czech Republic where he was serving as secretary-general of the International Organization of Journalists.