Today, on March 7, 1867 (Philippines):
Tomas Alup Remigio was born in Sampaloc, Manila; he was a co-founder of the Katipunan (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan; or KKK, meaning “Highest and Most Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation”)–working with Bonifacio, Plata and Diwa, as well as a famous, pro-Filipino writer and playwright. He was also an appointed auxiliary justice of the peace for Lucena.
Within the KKK, Remigio is best known for creating the first Katipunan branch, the Balangay Trozo–in Tondo–which inspired others to create branches around the Philippines. With regards to his many writings, he is known for working with other patriots like Marcelo H. del Pilar and Dr. Jose P Rizal–helping to educate the consciousness of his countrymen. He is also known for his other works like “Ang Isang Haka ni Rizal” (A Conceptual Look at Rizal) and “Makata ng Tanghalan” (Poet Exhibition).
When the Revolution against Spain broke out in 1896, he joined the infantry as a Captain. After the Spanish were defeated, he also fought against the United States in the Filipino-American War. He was arrested by both the Spanish, for his actions in the war against them; and the Americans, because of his anti-American plays.
After the wars, Remigio wrote “Malaya” (Free)–considered one of the finest nationalist plays written during the American Colonial times.
He died on August 1, 1916 (49). In 1953, the Tondo Elementary School was renamed to the “Don Tomas Remigio Elementary school” for his dedication to the nation.
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