Thursday, April 5, 2012


1896 - The Supreme Council of the Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan (KKK), the secret society aiming to overthrow Spanish colonial rule in the Philippine archipelago, informs its members about a huge fire that  destroyed the houses of several Katipuneros in Manila, expressing belief that the enemies (colonial Spaniards) caused the fire and so agrees on publishing a pamphlet denouncing this act of arson; the KKK council (Kataastaasang Sanggunian) that has met at the house of the Physician General Pio Valenzuela in Manila also decides to produce a fund-raising stage show at the Teatro Colon on May 2-3 for the benefit of the members of the Katipunan affected by the fire; the conflagration, which occurred some eight miles away from the meeting place acros the Kawit bay,  even alarmed Supremo Andres Bonifacio y de Castro who feared that his own house in Dulumbayan was among the hundreds of houses ravaged by fire; Bonifacio's wife, fellow Katipunera Gregoria de Jesus and his son christened Andres, were unharmed although the Supremo's son would still soon later die in infancy; the fire unfortunately also destroyed the book collection "Basahan ng Bayan" that the Katipuneros were assembling.

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