Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Jose Rrizal and Marcelo H. de Pilar
1889 - In a correspondence between Philippine patriots Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. del Pilar, the former writes a long message in Tagalog "To the Young Women of Malolos" during the Spanish colonial period; Rizal lauds the lasses--daughters of the elites--from Malolos, Bulakan for their extraordinary courage in petitioning for a language school, having dared ask the colonial Governor-General Valeriano Weyler earlier in December last year to authorize them to open a night school for them to learn the Spanish language; del Pilar, who would be known as the "Great Propagandist," has prodded Rizal to write the young Bulakenas in the Tagalog langugage in the bid to boost their reformist cause; earlier, Lopez Jaena praised the Malolos Women for their desire to "learn the beautiful language of the mother country" and for which they deserve "devoted support" in the column "Ecos de Ultramarr" in the reformists' organ, La Solidaridad.

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