10 Surprising Things You Probably Don’t Know About Our Heroes

What makes our national heroes interesting? There’s more to them than their great acts.
posted on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Araw ng Kagitingan, is a public holiday for the Philippines. Every April 9 of the year, we commemorate the sacrifices our heroes made for our country.

Here’s a list that might interest you:

1. Emilio Aguinaldo outlived 6 presidents


Aguinaldo died on February 6, 1964. He Manuel Quezon (1944), Jose Laurel (1959), Sergio Osmeña (1961), Manuel Roxas (1948), Elpidio Quirino (1956) and Ramon Magsaysay (1957).

 2. He also lived to watch television


The first Filipino channel was launched on October 23, 1953 which eventually became ABS-CBN.

3. Andres Bonifacio’s favorite food is “nilitsong manok sa zaha”


This  is wrapped with sampaloc and banana leaves. It is dipped in chicken liver and lemongrass sauce.

4. Emilio Jacinto’s only photo


This is Jacinto’s one and only, taken when he died at a tender age of 23.

5. Apolinario Mabini was rumored to have syphilis


Mabini gained a lot of enemies and they did all sort of things to defame him.

They concocted a story that his handicap was cause by . An autopsy report done years after his death finally proved that it was polio that caused it.

6. Tandang Sora is the first Filipina to appear on a Philippine peso banknote


She appeared on a which circulated between 1950s – 1960s.

7. Lapu-Lapu is known by many other names


Pigafetta referred him as , others call him Cali Pulaco and many other variations.

8. ’s full name is  José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda


His last name would have been but his father decided to change it to Rizal from the word ‘’ which means green field.

9. Jose Rizal left an unfinished third novel


He wrote it in Tagalog and called the first chapter ‘’. The unfinished novel was intended to be a sequel of ‘El Filibusterismo’.

10. Jose Rizal was linked to at least 9 women


These were Segunda Katigbak, Leonor Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O-Sei San,  Gertrude Beckett, Nelly Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby, and  Josephine Bracken.

Since ypoui have reached this far, I’m glad you are interested to know more about our national heroes’ lives?

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