Wednesday, November 2, 2011


1762 - Dawsonne Drake becomes the British  Governor of the colony Philippines during the  brief period of (limited) occupation by the  British forces; less than a month earlier, the  City of Manila was surrendered by Archbishop  Manuel Antonio Rojo, acting governor-general  for the Spanish crown, following the successful  British attack of the seat of Spain's colonial  administration, along with the adjacent Cavite province that falls along the Manila Bay area, as part of the Seven Years War between  the two European powers.

Patriot Julio Nakpil y Putco

1896 - Filipino revolutionist, musician, and  composer Julio Nakpil y Putco flees Manila to  meet with the secret society-turned-revolutionary-government Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang  manga Anak nang  Bayan (KKK) Supremo Andres Bonifacio  in Balara, Marikina more than two months  following the outbreak of the Philippine  Revolution against Spain; Nakpil would be highly  trusted by the Supremo who would soon assign  him sensitive tasks such as  resupplying  Katipuneros in Cavite with ammunitions  through the nighttime transfer of 30-40 copper  boxes of gunpowder extracted from the enemy  colonial arsenal in Binangonan in Morong to  Tejeros in Cavite from December 1896-March  1897 as part of his responsibilities to co-command the revolutionists north of Manila; Nakpil, who would later marry Katipunan  "Lakambini" Gregorio de Jesus, who will be widowed following the tragic unseating (from  revolutionary leadership), kangaroo court trial,  and murder by execution of Bonifacio, will have  eight children by the Lakambini; the revolutionary  is the composer of the lyrics for the Katipunan national anthem  "Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan" and will later  produce revolution-inspired patriotic musical  works such as  "Pasig Pantaynin" (1897),  "Kabanatuan (composed in honor of Gen. Luna),  and Salve Patria (1903).

1922 - Gen. Ananias Diokno y Noblejas, Filipino  freedom-fighter during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the  Philippine-American War (1899-1914), dies in  his farm in Arayat, Pampanga; Diokno became  the secretary of war of the regional revolutionary government organized by  prominent families in Batangas following the outbreak of the Revolution in 1896 and would  later be appointed by fledgling Philippine Republic President Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy as  politico-military governor of Capiz in Visayas, a  move that would invite dissension as Visayan  revolutionists instead wanted to take orders  from the separate federal  Republic of Visayas President Roque  Lopez; during the bloody and protracted  Philippine-American War (1899-1914), Diokno would  heroically fight the invading enemy United  States forces through guerilla warfare, refusing  to surrender to the Bald Eagles until the ambush  of his forces, and even patriotically refusing to  accept the American offer to head the colonial  Bureau of Agriculture

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