The historic Parola of Taguig in Barangay Napindan

Lito Balderrama ·SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
Photo by: Kharla Gabris


The leaders of katipunan once met here together with Dr. Pio Valenzuela to discuss a planned revolt against the Spaniards.

It was constructed similar to the lighthouse located at the mouth of the Pasig River. Bombarded by the American forces in 1899 led by Gen. Lawton using the US Gunboat Laguna de Bay.

A refuge of fishermen seeking safe haven in times of storms. Illuminates in darkness and in tempestuous conditions to guide the travelers for not to get lost to their destination.

Meeting of Andres Bonifacio and Dr. Pio Valenzuela at the Parola in Napindan

On May 29, 1896, prior to the “Cry of Balintawak, Andres Bonifacio met Dr. Pio Valenzuela at the lighthouse in Napindan for a meeting together with his trusted officers in the Katipunan. The matter was to confer with Dr. Jose Rizal about the impending plan for a nationwide revolution.

The reason why Andres Bonifacio had picked the lighthouse in Napindan as one their secret meeting places, because of his familiarity with the area and he had a lot of common relatives in the area. During his youth, Bonifacio had often visited his relatives especially during feast of Sta. Anang Banak.

Andres Bonifacio, Lahing Taguigeno

The people of Taguig were known to have fought the Spanish and American colonizers. They were easily recruited by the Supremo to join the katipunan because according to some elders in Tipas, Santiago Bonifacio, the father of Andres Bonifacio was a native of Ibayo-Tipas, Taguig. They only settled in Tondo to do business in Ascarraga, Manila when he married Catalina De Castro.

As per record, many personality with surname of Bonifacio held various position in Taguig during the period of 1800 – 1862, some of which were Ciriaco Bonifacio Labao and Jose Bonifacio Okol both as El gobernadorcillo of Taguig.

According to oral account of Andi Bonifacio, one of the enduring relatives of the supremo in Tipas, his father had always told him that the family of Andres Bonifacio was their true relative. Every feast of Sta. Anang Banak, Espiridiona, the youngest among the siblings of Andres Bonifacio, had frequently visited them and always have bread (galletas) as souvenirs to their grandfather.

Researched by: Taguig Heritage Society Interview with the family of Andi and Joel Bonifacio, residents of Ibayo-Tipas, Taguig, descendants of Supremo Andres Bonifacio. September 2016
Lighthouse links Taguig to Katipunan
By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 25, 2013

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