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What are the paintings of Guillermo Tolentino?

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Generally accepted as his finest work, "The Bonifacio Monument" in Caloocan symbolizes the dream of freedom held dear to all Filipinos. Other highly regarded works of Tolentino's include bronze figures of President Quezon and a marble statue of Ramon Magsaysay.

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Tolentino created many works celebrating the political heroes of the Philippines. Two of his most famous bronze sculptures are of Manuel Quezon, former Senate President, and Sergio Osmena, former Speaker of the House. He also designed the created the bronze seal of the Republic of the Philippines. His most famous creation, the Bonifacio Monument, immortalizes Andres Bonafacio, a Phillippino patrios who founded the Katipunan and the Filipino Revulutionary Society. The sculpture shows Bonifacio leading his men to battle against the Spanish. Considered the most beautiful monument in the Philippines, the cornerstone was laid on November 30, 1929, and was unveiled on November 30, 1033. The figures are all cast in bronze from Italy, and the pedestal and shaft are finished in granite from Germany. It rises to a height of over 93 feet. Some of his other notable works are "Filipinos Illustres," "Sonny the Champ," "Filipinas in Bondage," "The News Boy," "The Lady," a bust of Monsignor Gregorio Aglipay, and a sculpture of Venus.

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