Monday, June 27, 2011


1864 - Father Apolonio Burgos y Garcia published during the Spanish colonial period a superb defense of Filipino priests in his  Manifesto to the Noble Spanish People Which the Loyal Filipinos Address in Defense of their  Honor and Loyalty;therein, the native priest deplores the racist assertions by white writers with inflated sense of their racial stock who allege that their pale-skinned race is superior over the colored races; Burgos also bewails the racial indignities the colonial Spanish authorities subject the natives of the Southeast Asian archipelago; the Filipino priest Burgos will later be executed, along with  fellow clergymen Mariano Gómez and Jacinto Zamora who have been peacefully fighting for equal rights of native priests vis-a-vis Spanish friars, in the infamous execution of the  GOMBURZA triumvirate in February 1872 based on false charges of subversion and practically without any defense in connection with the 1872 Cavite mutiny.

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