Saturday, January 7, 2012


1875 - Future Filipino revolutionary patriot and leader Luciano San Miguel y Saklolo is born in Cavite during the Spanish colonial period; a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila, San Miguel will join the Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang  manga Anak nang  Bayan (KKK) and affiliate himself with the Magdiwang chapter of the KKK in his province whose other members include Mariano Alvarez, Artemio Ricarte, and Diego Mojica; San Miguel will survive the genocidal attack of Spanish Colonel Rosas on their garrison in Nasugbu in March 1897 and during the second phase of the Philippine Revolution against Spain, will receive the command as colonel of the northern provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Morong, Batangas, Laguna, and Manila; during the Filipino-American War (1899-1914) and a few months before Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo's capture and prompt pledge of loyalty to the imperialist flag, Gen. San Miguel will revive the Katipunan and will later be elected supreme commander of the revolutionary army that will continue the guerrilla warfare against the enemy Bald Eagle forces; San Miguel will die in the Battle of Koral-na-Bato in Antipolo Rizal in March 27, 1903 but will manage to utter the glorious words of heroism: “To give up one’s life for the Motherland and her freedom – this alone, is true happiness and honor!”

1899 - Higinio Benitez y Ortega, member of the  Philippine Republic's Malolos Congress, traitorously collaborates with the imperialist American invaders when he accepts the position of secretary of the American sponsored Supreme Court under fellow another American lackey and  collaborator eleven (11) months into the bloody Filipino-American War (1899-1914); Benitez, along with Graciano Cordero, was earlier named Laguna representative in the Malolos Congress that drafted what would be Asia's first republican constitution and was approved on January 21, 1899, less than three weeks before the imperialist Americans officially began its heinous invasion of the Southeast Asian republic; along with many other rich and educated Filipinos, Benitez unpatriotically opted not to fight the Bald Eagle invaders and was rewarded with a juicy positions in the colonial government until his retirement as 17th judicial district judge

Photo credits:

National Historical Institute

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