Maria Clara Monument in Molo is located at the plaza complex. Its old location is in front of a coffee shop inside the plaza. After restoration, it is now located at the center of the plaza, facing the fountain and the statues of 6 Greek goddesses.
The statue is a work of the Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti di Cremona.
The sculpture is a tribute to Maria Clara and was built in 1933. Maria Clara in the sculpture wears a typical national costume demonstrating the historical, social, cultural, and economic development of the area.
Maria Clara Monument in Molo before restoration:
Restored Maria Clara Monument in Molo:
Who is Maria Clara?
Maria Clara de Los Santos or Maria Clara is a fictional character in the novels of Jose Rizal. Particularly in Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Her name and character have become a Filipino culture for the traditional, feminine ideal.
María Clara is everybody’s idol. She grew among the smiles and loves of everyone. She is also very kind and considerate. Maria Clara notices people whom others don’t like how she noticed Elias during a fishing excursion and offered him biscuits in the story. In addition, she is also approachable and she offered her locket to a leper, despite the warnings of her friends and their shows of disgust.
Maria Clara was a strong Filipina character. She endured and survived the abuse and violence she experienced from men despite being portrayed as prim and delicate.
Read also: List of Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Sites
How to Get There
Its exact location is at Molo Plaza, Brgy. Katilingban, Molo, Iloilo City. You can ride any jeepney passing by the plaza. The jeepneys you can ride are the following:
ROUTE # 7: COMPANIA – ILOILO CITY PROPER LOOP
ROUTE # 9: MOHON – INFANTE LOOP
ROUTE # 12: MANDURRIAO – MOLO VIA FESTIVE WALK TRANSPORT HUB LOOP
ROUTE # 13: HIBAO-AN – ILOILO CITY PROPER VIA TABUCAN/ FESTIVE WALK TRANSPORT HUB
ROUTE # 15: MOLO – ILOILO CITY PROPER VIA BALUARTE LOOP
ROUTE # 17: VILLA BAYBAY TO ILOILO CITY PROPER VIA BONIFACIO
ROUTE # 23: MOHON – MANDURRIAO BUSINESS DISTRICT