Birthplaces of Philippines’ Revolutionary Heroes

Birthplaces of Philippines' Revolutionary Heroes
Birthplace of Apolinario Mabini, how a shrine in his honor located in Tanauan. Photo via National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Philippines is rich with cultural and historic treasures. The time of revolution against the Spanish colonizers prove how brave Filipinos are. Every year, in the month of August, we remember and honor all our heroes who valiantly fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

In celebration of the Heroes’ Day this August, here’s a run-down of the birthplaces of Philippines’ revolutionary heroes. Consider yourself lucky if you happen to own a property or you live near these historic sites. 

Touch Me Not

Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Realonda or popularly known as Jose Rizal is the country’s national hero.  Rizal is the pride of Calamba, Laguna. He had shown leadership and courage through his writings, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, two books that every Filipino student reads through. 

The town managed to build the tallest Rizal monument as the newest tourist attraction and historical landmark for the entire country. His legacy will truly be forever in the hearts of Filipinos, as they continuously commemorate his heroism every 30th day of December, which is the day he became a martyr.  Because of Rizal, Calamba City continues to attract a lot of real estate developments throughout the years with its neighboring areas in Laguna.

Supreme Katipunero 

Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, the Supremo and the revolutionary leader of Kataastaasan, Kagalang-galang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) or literally the “Highest and Most Respected Society of the Children of the Country.” He started an armed struggle against Spain, which Rizal opposed at that time.

Hailing from Tondo Manila, Andres Bonifacio used his physical strength and leadership to fight against the country’s conquerors. To honor his bravery in protecting the freedom of every Filipino, November 30, his birthday, has been declared a national holiday. Tondo, Manila is now place of business and more real estate investors are infusing capital here to build many vertical developments to tap the young generation. 

First President 

Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy is the firstPresident of the Republic of the Philippines. His excellent leadership as a general led the country to its independence from Spain. The Emilio F. Aguinaldo Shrine is located in his own town in Kawit, Cavite, where the Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898, which is also a national holiday in the Philippines. 

Today, the house of Aguinaldo is a museum. It’s the centerpiece that makes Cavite “history capital of the Philippines” largely due to Aguinaldo’s influence and leadership. Many townships in the area have historical significance related to the revolution, attracting many property developers and seekers to this city.

Mother of Balintawak

Tandang Sora, or, Mechora Aquino de Ramos, is the Grand Woman of the Revolution. Despite old age, she managed to give refuge for the sick and wounded revolutionaries in Balintawak, Quezon City. She is born in Banlat, Quezon City. In 2012, on her 200th birthday her remains were transferred to Tandang Sora National Shrine in Banlat, Quezon City, but the place is now called Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Quezon City has been a prime location for real estate developers, not only for its rich historical heritage, but also because it is the hub of many government agencies.

Brains of the Revolution

Apolinario Mabini y Maranan is considered “Utak ng Himagsikan” or brains of the revolution. He worked as the prime legal counsel of the revolutionary group. He lost his two legs because of polio, but his condition did not limit him from fulfilling his duties to the revolution. Tanauan, Batangas is the hometown of Mabini.  As one the greatest patriot, his birthday, July 23, is declared as Mabini Day in the province of Tanuan, Batangas.

Overall, it was not how powerful or intelligent you are but how strong you wanted to fight for the country’s freedom and democracy. Rizal, Bonifacio, Aguinaldo, Sora, and Mabini are just a few names among thousands who sacrificed their lives for Philippine independence, thus planting the seeds of democracy in our country.

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