Sunday, May 22, 2011

22 MAY

Julio Nakpil y Garcia, patriot
Photo art: JB

1867 - Julio Nakpil y Garcia, Filipino patriot, future revolutionary, musician, and composer who will become the second husband of Gregoria de Jesus, wife of  Supremo Andres Bonifacio of the secret society-turned-revolutionary government, Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan, is born in Quiapo, Manila during the Spanish colonial period; Nakpil, who will be a member of patriot and polymath Jose Rizal's La Liga Filipina and, subsequently, become Katipunan's Minister of National Development (fomento), will compose patriotic musical pieces, including Pasig Pantaynin (1897) and Kabanatuan (1903) in honor of Gen. Antonio Luna who would be assassinated based on  what he will later write as orders of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo; perhaps, Nakpil's work that would command most patriotic reverence is the national anthem Bonifacio would ask him to make, the "Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan," which unfortunately would not be used after the Supremo's assassination-by-execution in May 1897 on orders of Aguinaldo.

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