Wikipedian in Residence at Bantayog ng mga Bayani

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The Bantayog ng mga Bayani[1], hired its first Wikipedian in Residence(WIR), Red de Leon in April 2018. Bantayog ng mga Bayani (literally "Monument to the Heroes") is a Philippine-based foundation that maintains a memorial, museum, and library dedicated to remembering and honoring the heroes, martyrs, and victims of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship. This residency was originally envisioned to be a 3-month pilot project, but the Bantayog has invited the WIR to stay on in an ongoing consultant capacity.

The WIR will be working with a small team to help the digitize portions of Bantayog's library as well as to improve coverage of topics related to the Marcos regime, especially the Martial Law era, in Wikipedia and its sister projects. Red will also serve as a liaison between Bantayog and the Wikimedia community by organizing events and workshops, and hopes to help the local Wikimedia community grow by sharing his skills as a Wikipedian to Bantayog's constituency of museum visitors, library researchers, and supporters.

The Bantayog ng mga Bayani


In the Filipino language, "Bantayog ng mga Bayani" means “Monument to the Heroes.” Concieved just a few months after the end of the Marcos Regime in 1986, the landscaped memorial center aims to honor those individuals who lived and died in defiance of the repressive regime that ruled over the Philippines from 1972 to 1986, and to exercise eternal vigilance to prevent the recurrence of the repressive regime.

The most visible memorial on the grounds of the Bantayog is the 14-meter Inang Bayan (Mother Philippines) Monument designed by the sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, which depicts "the self-sacrifice of a fallen figure of a man, held in one hand by the rising figure of a woman who symbolizes the Motherland, while her other hand reaches for the glorious sun of freedom."

Nearby stands a Wall of Remembrance, upon which the names of martyrs and heroes who stood against the regime. The names of the first sixty-five martyrs were inscribed were enshrined in 1992, and since then, hundreds of heroes and martyrs of the martial law dictatorship have been honored by having their names inscribed on the black granite of the wall.

Just behind the Wall of Rememberance stands the Jovito R. Salonga Building, which contains the Bantayog Museum, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Library which contains archives and reference materials relating to the period,and the Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco Auditorium where film showings are presented and programs are held.

Articles created or improved


(Updated as of May 2018)
Some of the articles on this list were created as full-sized articles, while others were created as stubs; enhancements to existing articles range from minor fact checking to significant expansion.

English Wikipedia


Museum and Library Constituents Capacitated


(Updated as of October 2018)

  • 3 Bantayog Center Staff have received editing tutorials
  • 1 Regular Library Visitor has received editing tutorials
  • 5 small-group Wikipedia Introductory Workshops have already been conducted. Participants include staff volunteers and frequent museum and library visitors, and journalists with a special interest in the historical era.
  • Wikipedian in Residence is providing continuous advice regarding copyright and on the archiving of holdings