Thursday, December 2, 2010


Gen. Gregorio del Pilar, hero of Tirad Pass
1863 - Future Filipino revolutionary supreme leader  and unacknowledged First Philippine President (revolutionary  government) Andres Bonifacio y de Castro is baptized at the Tondo Catholic Church during the Spanish colonial era; Bonifacio will found the secret-society-turned revolutionary government Kagalanggalangang Katipunan  nang  manga Anak nang Bayan and lead the outbreak of the Revolution against Spain in 1896.

1899 - Filipino boy-general Gregorio del Pilar, along with many of his 60-man rearguard is killed by enemy invading Americans in the Battle of Tirad Pass in the mountainous terrain near Candon, Ilocos Sur; the Battle is meant to allow Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the fledgling Philippine Republic, to escape further to northern Luzon through the mountains; the massacre perpetrated by the 500-man 33rd Infantry Regiment under United States Major Peyton C. March comes amidst the imperialist American pursuit of Aguinaldo in the bid to crush the Philippine Republic government during the protracted and bloody Filipino-American War (1899-1914).
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