If I had a superpower what would it be? It would be the ability to appear and disappear at will, the ability to be a different person in different setting. I chose to be one of the different characters during the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Tandang Sora was my old aunt – She was poor and her only means of livelihood came from the profits she got in 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.
I was the Filipino Woman Married to a Spaniard – I overheard remarks about the Filipinos from my Spanish guests. I was in my room, went out and told them to stop. When they wouldn’t stop, I told my husband. He sided with his countrymen and ignored my request. I took a stick and sought to drive them away by beating them. They arrested me but I was able to escape through the window of my house.
I was Trining and took part in many battles – Dressed as a man with a wide brimmed hat, I 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 my right foot. I fell unconscious but when I recovered, I spoke with the Katipuneros with a smiling face. In the midst of shots and bolo flashes, I never showed the proverbial female weakness.
I could have been one of the many brave Filipino Women – the Katipuneras or the Babaylans who took part in the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Thanks for letting me write about them and acknowledging their struggles for all of us.
women took part, too
our own heroines
they struggle for our freedom
we’re so proud of them