Wednesday, August 24, 2011

24 August

1896 - Some five days following the official discovery of the Katipunan, the revolutionary Philippine underground movement, Katipuneros arrive at the barn of Melchora Aquino for their hurried National Assembly, with Supremo Andres Bonifacio and members of the Supreme Council (Kataastaaang Kapulungan), heads of the supramunicipal (sangunian) and chapter (balangay) units of the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang  manga Anak nang Bayan (KKK) in attendance; American colonial military historian John R. M. Taylor will later come to the conclusion that the Katipunan was the first national government of the Philippines, writing that Bonifacio turned the Katipunan "lodges into battalions, his grandmasters into captains, and the supreme council of the Katipunan" into a revolutionary body fighting for independence against colonial Spain; three days earlier, Bonifacio, along with his brotherly confidante and KKK Secretary Emilio Jacinto y Dizon, changed the Katipunan code from numeric to alphanumeric, and in five days' time, will lead the Katipuneros in launching the Himagsikan's general uprising against the enemy Spaniards.

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