5 Myths You Probably Believe In About Andres Bonifacio

You see, Andres Bonifacio is a cool guy, just as great as Jose Rizal.
posted on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

Nov. 30, a holiday, is Bonifacio Day, dedicated to honor Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Kataastaasang Kapulungan or National Assembly of the Katipunan during the 1896 Philippine Revolution.

There may be things that we do not know about the Supremo, and perhaps the things that we know about him could be a myth. Check out these 5 myths you probably believe in about Andres Bonifacio:

1. Andres Bonifacio’s only work was selling fans and canes to the Spanish.


Yes, Andres Bonifacio was a salesman but he was not just selling fans and canes for a living. He was a big-time salesman. Aside from that, Andres Bonifacio also authored a Zarzuela play, a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that is spoken and sang in between scenes in a drama play. He was also a messenger and a grocer of big European  companies.

2. Andres Bonifacio was the only founder of the Katipunan.


He was the soul of the movement, but he was not the only founder of the revolutionary Katipunan. On July 7, 1892, when Rizal was exiled in Dapitan, Andres Bonifacio, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, Valentin Diaz and Deodato Arellano and other 16 Freemasons, was inspired to organized the movement. The credits should also goes to the other four.

3. His fashion sense includes wearing a red chinos, white shirt, with red bandanna wrapped in a boy scout manner on his neck.


According to Guillermo Masancay, a close friend of Bonifacio, he doesn’t wear a combination of clothes like that. Also, as one of the grocer and agent of big European companies, Bonifacio had to wear suit and tie.

4. Andres Bonifacio doesn’t know how to read and write.

Oh, he does!

5. Andres Bonifacio was violent freak, resolving things in his bolo and gun.


Yes, being dubbed as the Father of Revolution in a new generation would likely portray you as violent, someone with angst. But then this portrayal goes beyond the concept: posters of Bonifacio with his face expressed in anger, with bolo and gun in his hands. This is contrary to what Andres Bonifacio was, as he was a gentleman to his co-workers, and a caring brother to his siblings.