Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Filipino Biography: Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio

We finished reading the life of Andres Bonifacio from the Great Lives Series of Tahanan Books. We sketched his picture to conclude our studies on his life
"We learn history because those people in the history books were real people with their own battles to face in life, and we can not only get to know those people, but we can look at how they dealt with the issues they faced in their own day, and perhaps take courage from their example to face our own battles. ~ AOPatioChats"

Sharing in this post what we learned about him and his contributions to our history.

  • He was honored as the Father of the Philippine Revolution. He formed the first triangle of a secret society which bore the initials K.K.K which stood for Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan, or Katipunan, for short.

Which aims to:
  1. To free the Philippines from Spain, by force of arms if necessary
  2. Moral or spiritual aim: the Katipunan saw all men, rich or poor, as equals.
  3. The Katipuneros were taught to care for one another in times of sickness and need.

  • He met with other Katipunan leaders in a place called Pugadlawin, on August 23, 1896. They tore up their cedulas (residence tax papers) and cried "Kalayaan!" ("Liberty!"). They vowed to fight the Spaniards down to the last man.

  • He fought the first battle of the Philippine Revolution with his best friend, Emilio Jacinto. They attacked the gunpowder storehouse in San Juan del Monte (now San Juan, Metro Manila). The storehouse is an important military post of the Spanish army, defended by only a hundred men. Today the place is called Pinaglabanan, meaning, battlefield.

  • The battle of Pinaglabanan sparked small battles north and south of the Pasig River.

Next on our list is Emilio Aguinaldo.

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