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National Heroes of the Philippines

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The national heroes of the Philippine are people who all have fought for the freedom and independence of the country and also fought back against oppression. Many of the national heroes of the Philippine were revolutionaries in the fight for independence against Spain. There are also those Filipino national heroes who have fought to uphold freedom and independence.

The following are some of the important national heroes of the Philippine:

  • Dr. Jose P. Rizal
  • Andres Bonifacio
  • General Gregorio del Pilar
  • General Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Apolinario Mabini



Dr. Jose P. Rizal was born in Calamba, Laguna, on 19th June, 1861. A great novelist, he published his first masterpiece 'Noli Me Tangere' in Berlin (Germany) in 1887 and his second novel 'El Filibusterismo' in Ghent (Belgium) in 1891. these two novels of his stirred the conscience of the people. he also contributed several of his works to La Solidaridad. Because of his leadership in the reform movement and for his incendiary novels, on 30th December, 1896 Rizal was arrested and later killed by musketry in Bagumbayan, Manila. His execution led to a bloody revolution against Spain.

Dr. Jose P. Rizal one said, "I die, without seeing the Day dawning on my country... You who will see it, greet itů and forget not those who fell during the night."

Andres Bonifacio was born in Tondo, Manila, on 30th November, 1863 and grew up in the slums, never knowing the benefits of a prosperous life. One of the popular national heroes of the Philippine he founded the secret society, 'Katipunan', on 7th July, 1892, to fight Spain. Also the president of the Tagalog republic from 24th August, 1896 to 10th May, 1897, Bonifacio was killed on 10th May, 1897, near Mount Buntis, Maragondon, Cavite. General Gregorio del Pilar born on 14th November, 1875, in Bulacan, he was the hero of the Tirad Pass. General Gregorio del Pilar was one of the bravest and youngest generals ever produced by the Philippines. One of the Philippine's national heroes, he died on 2nd December, 1899, in the battle of Tirad Pass, to allow Aguinaldo to escape from the Americans.

General Emilio Aguinaldo born in Kawit, Cavite, on 22nd March, 1869, he was the first president of the Philippines. The officially proclamation of the independence of the first republic in Asia, the Philippines on 23rd January, 1899 was made by him. General Emilio Aguinaldo died at the Veterans Memorial Hospital, Quezon City, on 6th February, 1964.

Apolinario Mabini was born in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas, on 22nd June, 1864. This Filipino national hero was the sublime paralytic and the brain of the revolution. In 1892 he joined the La Liga Filipina and the Aguinaldo's revolutionary government from June 1898 to May 1899. Captured by the American forces in December 1899 and deported to Guam in January 1901, he died in 13th Manila on May, 1903.

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