The Revolution Ablaze 150 Years From The Revolt

By: Rosselle Sison with Vanessa De Guzman

His exhausting sacrifice wasn’t justified by his dim lighted recognition, as some historians claim. That after his courageous heart drained every drop of sweat and blood out of his body, that after his willful fists grasped his bolo in honor of our land, he wasn’t bestowed with much honor that he deserves. But although the “National Hero” title was not given him, our land itself bore witness on howAndres Bonifacio served as a tiny speck that pricked the flaring eyes of our colonizers, and that truly makes him one of the heroes of our nation.

 

Andres Bonifacio, reflected as the father of Philippine revolution against Spain, may soon find his "rightful place" in the country's history after all. To change the history of the Philippine revolution was strengthened during Bonifacio's 150th birth anniversary’s commemoration on December 1, 2013.  While he is recognized for his contribution to the Philippine revolution, his supporters, who have long seen him as underappreciated, strained that Bonifacio may had another role in Philippine history.

When national hero Jose Rizal was arrested and deported, Bonifacio and others revived La Liga to continue pressure on the Spanish government to free the Philippines.

Although Rizal, even behind bars, refused to endorse an armed uprising against Spain, Bonifacio, leading one group of Filipino warriors, fought to break the silence of Filipino slavery.

Conflict of ideas among our heroes in the past apparently created a gap among them. A shrine that’s difficult to find has been built in Cavite where Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were believed to have been buried following their execution done by Emilio Aguinaldo’s men. After that, Bonifacio is better remembered not for his death but for the life he led – a life remarkable for the courage to dream of a better nation and struggle to achieve the dream.

Such yearning for revolution was driven by the poor life which Bonifacio was born into. He grew up with the determination to rise above poverty and become a better man. He waged for his limited formal education by reading and learning about struggles for freedom elsewhere in the world, namely in France. And life’s hardships ignited the flame in Bonifacio’s heart, until it grew into the fire of revolution – to show resistance against wrong, to show the revolutionists’ desire for freedom.

Outnumbered by Spanish forces, Bonifacio and his fellow revolutionaries were undiscouraged, apparently believing that it would be enough to show the colonizers and the world that Filipinos yearned to be free and were ready to run their own country.

Decades before Ninoy Aquino made “The Impossible Dream,” a rallying song of Filipinos struggling against Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, Andres Bonifacio was already there, pursuing his seemingly impossible dream of independence for his land.

And now, dead, but still deadly, Andres Bonifacio, at currently 150 years of age, keeps on slaying colonization, for his patriotic virtue remains a youthful mighty warrior that calls us towards his battalion and to continue turning against the enemies of national freedom.