Monday, August 30, 2010


1898 - The bloody hand-to-hand Battle of Pinaglabanan at San Juan del Monte is fought between the Katipuneros and Spanish colonial forces, a day after Supremo Andres Bonifacio led the start of the general uprising during the Philippine Revolution; while the mostly bolo-and-sharpened-stakes-armed Filipino revolutionaries would be no match to the enemy forces equipped with Mauser rifles or pistols, the victory will prove a pyrrhic one for the Spaniards because the blood let from the approximately 150 Katipuneros who will die in battle and the many who will be captured and subsequently executed would but nourish the will of the Filipinos to carry on the fight for independence; that same day, Spanish colonial Governor-General Ramon Blanco officially declares the state of war and martial law on eight provinces,  Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas.

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