Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31 August

Moments before the execution of the brave, patriotic Katipuneros
 1896 - Fifty-seven Katipuneros are executed at Bagumbayan (Luneta) by Spanish colonial authorities, marking the start of a reign of terror one day after the bloody, hand-to-hand Battle of Pinaglaban that marked the first major conflict of the Philippine Revolution; two days after Supremo Andres Bonifacio led the beginning of the general uprising; and a week after the Cry of Pugadlawin declaring the start of the nationwide armed revolution against the colonial enemy Spaniards.

1897 -- Gregorio del Pilar, a lieutenant-colonel in the Philippine revolutionary army fighting colonial Spain, stages a famous assault on the barracks of the Spanish cazadores in the town convent of Paombong, Bulacan; del Pilar's extraordinary combination of wit, courage and muscles in combat will catch the attention of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine Revolution who succeeded Supremo Andres Bonifacio that he had earlier ordered executed, and will soon make del Pilar part of Aguinado's circle of revolutionary leaders.

-- The Battle of Aliaga in Nueva Ecija is fought between the Spaniards and Filipino revolutionaries, with colonial Governor-General Primo de Rivera utilizing 8,000 men against the forces under the command of Generals Mamerto Natividad and Tinio; Spanish General Nuñez would be among those seriously wounded in this huge battle of the Philippine Revolution.

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