Posted on August 31, 2020
(Last Monday in August)
In the past, I have written about some of the Philippines' national heroes...
...but the last Monday in August celebrates those two and many more heroes!
Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat was a Muslim leader of the southern Filipino island of Mindanao. He lived waaaay back in the 1500 and 1600s, and he fought off Spanish invasions and forced conversions to Catholicism.
Melchora Aquino is called the Grand Woman of the Revolution because she operated a store that was a refuge for exhausted freedom fighters and a sort of hospital for wounded revolutionaries. Her home was the place for secret meetings. Aquino provided food, medical care, and advice - and when she was caught by the Spaniards, and interrogated, she never gave away any names or secrets. At that point she was deported and placed under house arrest, but when the Philippines won their independence, she was able to go home again!
Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president of the Philippines - and of any constitutional republic in Asia!
Juan Luna was an accomplished artist who worked to make sure that the new Filipino nation was recognized by other countries, including the United States.
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