Dr. José Rizal (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. His novel Noli Me Tangere, published in 1887, played an important role in Philippine history. He is considered a national hero of the Philippines.
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Gabriela Silang (March 19, 1731 – September 20, 1763) earned the title “Henerala” as the first Filipina woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Her courageous leadership became a symbol for the importance of women in Filipino society, and their struggle for liberation during colonization.
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Lapulapu was a Datu of Mactan, an island in the Visayas. He was the first native of the archipelago to fight against Spanish colonization. On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and his men triumphed over the Spanish invaders led by Ferdinand Magellan that is known as the Battle of Mactan.
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The Bolo is a single edged blade also known as Itak. It was a primary weapon used by Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and was also used by the Republic of the Philippines during the Philippine American War.
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