5 Interesting Facts About Andres Bonifacio That You Most Likely Don’t Know Yet
Today, November 30, 2016 marks the 153rd birthday of notable hero, Andres Bonifacio. For many Filipinos, he is known for being the founder of the Katipunan. Also known as the “The Great Plebeian” and “The Father of the Philippine Revolution,” he led the Katipunan movement in fighting for independence from the Spaniards during his time.
Born in Tondo, Manila on November 30, 1863, Andres Bonifacio is the eldest of six children.His father, Santiago was a tailor, and became a ‘teniente mayor’ of Tondo, while his mother, Catalina was a supervisor at a cigarette factory in Manila. But while your history teacher have taught you a lot about the Supremo, here are 5 interesting facts about him.
#1 Andres Bonifacio was not born poor
Yes, Andres Bonifacio was not born poor just like he was portrayed in history books and films. In fact, he first enrolled in a private school of one Guillermo Osmeña. But at the age of 14, he had to stop because both of his parents died a year apart, and he has to support his siblings.. And although he did not finish any formal education, he was a wide reader.
#2 Andres Bonifacio used guns, not bolo
Yes, Andres Bonifacio used guns in battles, and not a bolo.knife. Probably the most famous example is on August 30, 1896, the so-called Battle of San Juan del Monte. Early morning that day, he along with his aide Emilio Jacinto and his men made a surprise attack against the Spanish troops, who later withdrew after Bonifacio shot their commander dead with his revolver.
#3 Andres Bonifacio was once a theater actor
Besides being a bodeguero, a clerk messenger, and a warehouse supervisor, Andres Bonifacio was once a theater actor for moro-moro plays, along with Aurelio Tolentino. Apparently, his favorite role is Bernardo Carpio, a famous fictional giant who stopped two mountains from colliding with each other, and is said to be the cause of earthquakes.
#4 Andres Bonifacio’s remains are not under the Bonfacio monument in Caloocan
In an exclusive interview by via Philippine Star, Atty. Gary Bonifacio, Andres Bonifacio’s great-great-grandnephew said that the hero’s remains were stolen but were found. and were displayed at the National Museum. However, the building was bombed during the Japanese occupation, and the remains got lost. So no, it is under the Bonifacio monument in Caloocan.
#5 Andres Bonifacio was executed via the order of Emilio Aguinaldo
So who killed Andres Bonifacio? According to Xiao Chua, a historian from DLSU Manila, the then-28 years old Emilio Aguinaldo ordered the execution of Andres Bonifacio and his brother, Procopio. This is after the Council of War found them guilty of trying to kill Aguinaldo. As a proof of Aguinaldo’s admission, he released a letter on March 22, 1948, and it was authenticated.
It’s obvious that there was dirty politics that time. Nevertheless, it’s also obvious is that Filipinos are not afraid to fight for their freedom. But sad to say, many of us are now abusing the same freedom that our heroes died for. We at Taho News want to end this by borrowing the first line of Andres Bonifacio’s famous poem, ‘Ang Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa.’
“Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya
Sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinub’ang lupa?
Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.”