Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Dr. Pio Valenzuela

1896 - Pio Valenzuela y Alejandrino future co-founder and auditor of the  secret--society-turned-revolutionary-body Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan  nang manga Anak nang Bayan (KKK), is born during the Spanish  colonial period to Lorenza Alejandrino and capitan mayor Francisco Valenzuela; Valenzuela, just about the only ilustrado among the Katipunan founders, will also be the emissary of  future Supreme President Andres Bonifacio y de Castro to reformist patriot and polymath Jose Mercado Rizal just before the outbreak of the Revolution;  elected physician and, later, fiscal general of the Katipunan in 1895, he will turn his back on his compatriots and the revolution,  as he will go into hiding and be one of the first to avail of the amnesty offered by Spanish Governor-General Ramon Blanco  after the KKK's discovery; it will be said that Rizal's arguments against the Revolution (as to "how it was absurd" ) will convince Valenzuela to surrender to the Spaniards some time after his talk with the reformist leader who will later testify that he "counseled against [the revolution], trying to convince him by rational arguments...took his leave persuaded";  during the United States' invasion of the Philippines, Valenzuela will  accept American's offer of serving as municipal president of Polo,  Bulacan.

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