The Katipuneras and Babaylans

Women who fought for our freedom.

For: Six Word Saturday


Tagalog women and girls some showing white blood, Bacoor, Cavite 1899 u of mich

Tandang Sora was poor and her only means of livelihood came from the profits she got into selling. One day in August, the Supremo and his forces, tired and worn out, but determined to fight the enemy, came to the house of Tandang Sora, who immediately gave them a hundred sacks of rice from her storehouse, ten carabaos and tools they would need. She herself had become a revolucionario. Her help extended from giving provisions to the movement; she took care of the wounded and sick freedom fighters, not fearing that she would be caught by the Spanish authorities.

A Filipino Woman Married to a Spaniard – she overheard remarks about the Filipinos from her Spanish guests. She was in her room, went out and told them to stop. When they wouldn’t stop, she told her husband. He sided with his countrymen and ignored her request. She took a stick and sought to drive them away by beating them. They arrested her, but she was able to escape through the window of her house.

Trining took part in many battles – Dressed as a man with a wide brimmed hat, she went with rebels wherever they went. Some of the battles include the battle of San Ildefonso, the battle of San Rafael and the battle of Zaragoza. At the battle of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, the enemy shot her right foot. She fell unconscious, but when she recovered, she spoke with the Katipuneros with a smiling face. In the midst of shots and bolo flashes, she never showed the proverbial female weakness.

These are some of many brave Filipino Women – the Katipuneras or the Babaylans who took part in the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

For: Prompt for Today: In the Footsteps of the Suffragettes

27 thoughts on “The Katipuneras and Babaylans

  1. Thank you so much for this. Women resistance fighters need the strength of ten. I loved reading about this bit of history, the more so as I have a Filipino daughter-in-law whose life exemplifies tenacity and Keeping On Keeping On. She left the Phillippines at only 17, eventually found herself in Canada, and worked her way up. I really enjoyed reading some Filipino history. I read about such women with great admiration.

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  2. I’m so pleased to learn this piece of history. We can never know enough about the plight of women everywhere. It helps us have the courage to fight our own battles. Well done,,

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  3. Is that an actual photo of Katipuneras? So amazing. Though, I can’t help but wonder what these brave people would say if they saw the state of the Philippines now. They’re probably rolling over in their graves already.

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