Maria Clara Monument in Molo is located at the plaza complex. It is right in front of a coffee shop inside the plaza. The statue is a work of the Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti di Cremona.
The sculpture is a tribute to Maria Clara and built in 1933. Maria Clara in the sculpture wears a typical national costume demonstrating the historical, social, cultural and economic development of the area.
At present, the monument is not at its best state. Hopefully, this heritage piece will get budget for restoration soon.
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 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 fishing excursion and offered him biscuits in the story. In addition, she is she 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 after 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. Routes inlclude Baluarte, kinds of Villa routes, kinds of Mandurriao routes (except SM City Mandurriao) and Timawa.
Maria Clara Monument (Molo) on Google Maps
The Google Map point is 10.694845, 122.544983.