TRIBUTE TO A NATIONAL WARRIOR, ENDE
On your next visit to the Kelimutu National Park in Ende, Flores, you’ll definitely pass through Ende city where you might come across a statue of Ende’s very own national warrior – Mari Longa died protecting his people and homeland from encroaching Dutch colonialism in various battles that took place between 1898 and 1907. Born in 1855, he was a descendant of a long line of warriors and died during battle with the Dutch in 1907. He is very much respected and loved by all the people of Ende and a statue in his likeness was erected by the local people to commemorate his bravery and strength. Recently, a stadium was built and named after the national warrior; Stadium Marilonga is the site to many a glorious football matches. A street is also named after him. Also located nearby is the Wolowona Traditional Market, where travellers could purchase local products and farmfresh produce, or simply mingle and observe the locals with their wares.