8 Unsung Heroes
That We Should
Also Know About
By Desiree Pore
Everyone knows all the war stories during the Philippine Revolution and the key people behind it. These people are the likes of Jose Rizal, our national hero, Gen. Antonio Luna, Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio. These names are what we usually see in our history books growing up, even producing films about their lives.
While they are the key figures behind some of the Philippines’ historic events, let’s not forget the others that contributed in making these events possible. There are countless of unsung heroes that history books forgot to mention, but here on this list we put them in the forefront position that they’ve always deserved.
Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas
Calugas was a member of the Philippine Scouts during the 2nd World War; he was also the first Filipino soldier to have been awarded the WWII Medal of Honor. Calugas became a prisoner of war and when he was released he fought for the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese regime. Calugas died in 1999 and donated his medal in a museum in Texas.
It’s a well-known fact that Andres Bonifacio was the father and founder of the Katipuneros, but one of its members also deserves the spotlight. Macario Sakay was a barber and a member of the Katipunan who fought alongside Bonifacio. Sakay also became the president of Republic of Katagalugan. He was sentenced later to death by hanging.
If the French had Joan of Arc, then the Philippines also had our own version. Known as the ‘Visayan Joan of Arc’, Teresa Magbanua was both a school teacher and a military leader during the Philippine-American War wherein she led her troops while riding a white horse (a freakin’ horse). If that doesn’t deserve any recognition then you’re no Filipino.
Pascual H. Poblete
Pascual Poblete was one of the first known feminists in the Philippines even before the term even became popular. A known writer, Poblete was the man behind the Filipino translation of one of Jose Rizal’s popular works, Noli Me Tangere. He also founded some publications such as El Resumen and El Grito del Pueblo.