GREGORIO DEL PILAR
HERO OF THE BATTLE OF TIRAD PASS/ REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL
born in San Jose, Bulacan on November 14, 1875. Since
childhood, he had witnessed the popular abuses made by
the cruel Spaniards. His uncle Marcelo H. del Pilar was
the the editor of the "LA SOLIDARIDAD" in
Spain. The Writing of his uncle taught him about the
importance of being a pariotic in his country.
In 1896, when the revolution broke out, General Aguinaldo assigned Gregorio del Pilar as commander, he was then the youngest Filipino Soldier-General. He bravely fought superior and better-armed American force in the narrow pass of Tirad. Before the famous battle, General Gregorio del Pilar wrote a statement saying; "I am now surrounded by the encouragement which shall overpower me and my brave men. I shall die happilywith the thoughtthat it is sweet to die defending my motherland." He was killed in this battle but surely his braveness shows to his country above all.
The Americans, impressed by his bravery, they buried him with military honors. Killed in the Battle of Tirad Pass, on December 2, 1899.
In honor of Juan Luna, a GREAT PAINTER and a PATRIOT one big city street in Manila and a School were named after him.
*Juan Luna was a PRIZE WINNER in Europe for his paintings:
a.) THE DEATH OF CLEOPATRA b.) THE BLOOD COMPACT c.) THE SPOLARIUM