Friday, September 2, 2011


Simeon Ola y Arboleda

1865 - Simeon Ola y Arboleda, a devoted Filipino revolutionary who fought during the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War (1899-1914), is born in Guinobatan, Albay; his town's teniente de cuadrillos and close confidant of the parish priest, he will engage in recruitment and firearms acquisition and military in the Battle of Camalig under Gen. Vito Belarmino, soon being promoted as Major; he will be part of those valiant Filipinos who will relentlessly fight for his country during the war against the Bald Eagle nation so much so that the imperialist American soldiers will for a time put up the horrible reconcentration system, among other barbaric, cruel tools of war, with Ola eventually deciding to take up the amnesty offer to be  presented by the persistent peace [translation: colonial subjugation] panel members on September 25, 1903.

1927 - Justo Lucban y Rilles, another Filipino revolutionary who served both during the Philippine Revolution and the
Philippine-American War (1899-1914), dies from heart ailment; the brother of Gen. Vicente Lucban y Rilles, Justo did not take up arms but joined the Filipinos' independentist cause by serving as medical officer during the revolution against Spain, as signatory in the Malolos Congress, and as an editor of La Independencia (the official organ of the First Philippine Republic).

1896 - Inigo Corcuera Regalado, Filipino poet and printer who belonged to the revolutionary period of Tagalog literature then-emerging from the supremacy of Spanish colonial church writings, dies at the age of 41; born in Sampalok, Manila, Regalado wrote the much-loved lyric, "Ang Ganda Mo Neneng," along with a host of other pieces that were featured in the calendars or almanacs of Isabelo de los Reyes and Pascual H. Poblete, and as well, printed La Ilustracion Filipina, believed to be the best local periodical of the period.

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