Thursday, March 29, 2012


1896 - The Supreme Council of the Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan (KKK), the secret revolutionary movement in the Philippines aiming to overthrow Spanish colonial rule, decides to elevate Balangay Nagbangon, its branch in the town of Pasig, to the status of a Sangguniang Bayan (Sb.) and to create a new one under its jurisdiction, Balangay Pinaglabanan, with the newly elected officers of the two units immediately taking their oaths-of-office; "in about five months' time, the KKK will transform itself into a revolutionary government with its own officials and initially-mostly-spear-and-bolo-armed army headed by Supremo Andres Bonifacio y de Castro and launch the Philippine Revolution against Spain; the fire of the Himagsikan that will begin in eight provinces will quickly spread to other areas of the Southeast Asian archipelago despite the state of martial law that Spanish Governor-General Blanco will issue;  years later, the United States Library of Congress will write that the KKK "insinuated itself into the community by setting up mutual aid societies and education for the poor [and by] 1896, the Katipunan had over 30,000 members and functioned at the national, provincial, and municipal levels.

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