Let us not forget that not only men can be badass, oftentimes it’s the women who can make the people bow and gape at their awesomeness.
Let’s take a look at these badass Filipinas throughout the history:
She was the wife of the rebel leader, Diego Silang who led the struggle for Ilocos’s independence from the Spanish rule.
When her husband was assassinated, she took the leadership and became the first Filipina to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization.
Corazon Cojuangco Aquino was the 11th president of the Philippines and the first female president in Asia. She was just a plain housewife but she heeded the country’s call to service after the death of her husband, senator Ninoy Aquino.
She restored the democracy after the 21-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
Marina Dizon is one of the first women to be initiated in the Katipunan. As an active member of the organization, Marina presided over initiation rites for women, kept the records, and acquainted new members with the constitution and teachings of the Katipunan.
She would always remind the members: “Be cheerful at all times; do not show fear of impending rebellion. Be prepared to be orphans and widows some day. Be brave and carry on”.
Marcela Agoncillo is a native of Taal, Batangas. Along with her eldest daughter Lorenza and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, a niece of Jose Rizal, worked over pieces of colored cloth.
From their nimble fingers emerged the symbol of the nation. She and her company sewed the first Philippine flag in 1897 in Hong Kong.
An award-winning singer and actress, Lea Salonga brought pride and honor to the country when she was chosen for the leading role of Kim in the musical ‘Miss Saigon’.
She also provided the singing voice of the memorable Disney characters such as Jasmine of ‘Aladdin’ and Mulan. Currently, she is one of the three coaches of the talent show, ‘The Voice Kids Philippines’.
Ancient accounts spoke of a woman ruler of the dynastic kingdom of Tawalisi in Pangasinan. According to the famed explorer Ibn Battuta, Urduja is a warrior princess who led an army of men and women. She personally took part in the fighting and engaged in duels with other warriors.
She was quoted as saying that she will marry no one but him who defeats her in duel. Whether Urduja actually lived or just pure fiction, she remains a symbol of Filipino women’s empowerment.
Born in Pototan, Iloilo to wealthy parents, Teresa was a teacher who learned how to use the pistol and ride a horse. When the revolution, she joined the rebellion and had her first battle against the Spanish in Barrio Yalong, Pilar, Capiz in December 1898.
She became the first woman fighter in Panay and known as the ‘Joan of Arc of the Visayas’.
This famous Filipina heroine was born in Banilad, Caloocan and was known as ‘Tandang Sora’ for she was already old when the Revolution broke out in 1896. Tandang Sora was tending a small sari-sari store in Balintawak, when Bonifacio and other Katipuneros staged the first Cry of Balintawak.
Her store became a refuge for sick and wounded Katipuneros whom the old lady fed and treated. She was aptly called the ‘Mother of Katipunan’. She died at the age of 107.
Known for being feisty and outspoken, senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was born in Iloilo City of the southern Philippines. She is a fervent critic of senator Juan Ponce Enrile and leads a crusade against government corruption earning her the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service.
She ran for presidency in 1992, but was ultimately defeated by Ramos with a margin of less than a million votes. Nevertheless, Miriam has turned into a cult figure, and fans consider her a living legend in Philippine politics.
Just recently, she announced that she was diagnosed with lung cancer. A shocking revelation it may seem, but it didn’t even diminish her strong attitude and demeanor.
She is the daughter of Cory Aquino and the youngest sister of the current Philippine president. Hailed as the ‘Queen of all Media’, Kristina Bernadette Aquino is the most popular TV icon in the Philippines, appearing on TV every single day either because of her high-rated food tasting show or controversial love life.
Having inherited her mother’s will, Kris Aquino has helped thousands of Filipinos especially during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda through her fame and donations from her rich friends and associates. Despite in early 40s, she still has numerous suitors and continues to be one of the most admired TV personalities in the country.