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LOOK: Lagusnilad Mural Reminds Pedestrians of Martial Law

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the martial law declaration.
by John Paulo Aguilera and Jerome Ascano
Sep 21, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

To an earlier generation, ML meant martial law, not mobile legends. It was a time of strict curfews, state-controlled mass media and human rights violations whose victims seeks justice to this day.

In September 1972, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, which forever changed the course of Philippine history. Fast forward to 2020 and the people's revolution that ended military rule is immortalized at the newly-rehabilitated Lagusnilad underpass in Manila.

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The mural "Masigasig na Maynila" by art collective Gerilya shows the city's colorful history, as well as heroes of the past and present.

Aside from Martial Law, the wall painting also features scenes from the Spanish colonial period, Philippine-American War, World War II, and First Quarter Storm.

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