Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 77 – Woman – Her Journey

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Tandang Sora was poor and her only means of livelihood came from the profits she got into 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.

A Filipino Woman Married to a Spaniard – she overheard remarks about the Filipinos from her Spanish guests. She was in her room, went out and told them to stop. When they wouldn’t stop, she told her husband. He sided with his countrymen and ignored her request. She took a stick and sought to drive them away by beating them. They arrested her, but she was able to escape through the window of her house.

Trining took part in many battles – Dressed as a man with a wide brimmed hat, she 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 her right foot. She fell unconscious, but when she recovered, she spoke with the Katipuneros with a smiling face. In the midst of shots and bolo flashes, she never showed the proverbial female weakness.

These are some of many brave Filipino Women – the Katipuneras or the Babaylans who took part in the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Tagalog women and girls some showing white blood, Bacoor, Cavite 1899 u of mich

spirits of the past
strong Katipuneras
remembering them

women took part, too
Philippine Revolution
our own heroines

acknowledging them
they struggle for our freedom
we’re so proud of them

For: Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 77

4 Comments

  1. Difficult circumstances breed strong women. ‘Calling Sehmat’ is a spy thriller by Harinder Sikka, based on a real life story. Identity conflicts mixed with politics and terrorism create explosive scenarios, and we are witnessing those in Kashmir.

    Thanks for joining in, Lady Lee!

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