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Continuing the Supremo’s Legacy: Live with and Learn from the Masses

Last November 30, we celebrated the 149th birthday anniversary of one of our greatest Filipino heroes and the Father of the Philippine Revolution – Gat Andres Bonifacio. I was not able to write an essay about it but I was able to write a poem for him. Moreover, an intern of Manila Bulletin asked me again about my thoughts on how the Filipino youth of today can live up to the principles and ideals of Gat Andres. The article was published last Nov. 29 and here’s my thought:

“One cannot emulate Gat Andres Bonifacio just by reading about his life and works but by studying the society as well. We go out of the confines of our schools and homes and live with the masses. It is in integrating ourselves with them that we can see and understand the ills of our society and feel the need to take part in the struggle towards liberating the oppressed. It is in immersing ourselves with them that we can understand why Bonifacio became a revolutionary and that the situation during his time is still happening today. It is then the task of our generation to continue Bonifacio’s ultimate goal – to gain genuine independence for the country and total liberation of the oppressed from the hands of the ruling class. We must continue the revolution he has started and end it with victory for the masses and for our beloved country.” – Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, BS in Computer Science, University of the Philippines – Cebu

First published on Manila Bulletin, November 29
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/383597/continuing-supremo-s-legacy

Also published at Yahoo News! Philippines, December 1
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/continuing-supremo-legacy-033054780.html

“Bayan, bayan, bayan ko, ‘di pa tapos ang laban mo. Rebolusyon ni  Bonifacio, isulong mo, isulong mo!”

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014. Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014.
Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.


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Liham para kay Ka Andres

Today, we celebrate the 149th Birthday of Gat Andres Bonifacio – one of our Filipino heroes who fought against colonizers, seeking independence and not just mere autonomy from Spain. He is dubbed as the Father of the Philippine Revolution as he founded the KKK (Kataas-taasang Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan) and some historians would consider him as the first Filipino President.

Alongwith, I wrote this-letter poem to pay tribute to him. This was written at the time of his execution, using the Katipunan alphabet.

Liham-Para-Kay-Bonifacio-(KKK)

Here’s a translation:

Ika-10 ng Mayo 1897

Ka Andres,Malamang ang sulat na ito’y
‘di na umabot
sa mga kama’y mong
malamang ay
gasgas na
sa pagkakagapos
ng kanilang mga interes
sa lupaing ito,
o dili kaya’y
malamang na
ang mga mata mo’y
pikit na
sa pagkahapo
habang inaakay ka
ni Ina.

Datapwa’t nababanaag ko
na sa iyong pagkatumba,
bawat piraso ng kat’wan mong bugbog
ay magsisilbing mga punlang
kusang maitatanim
sa sinapupunan
ng Tinubuang Lupa,
madidiligan ng Pula mong dugong
umagos mula sa mga sugat
gawa ng kataksilan ng mga kasama,
hanggang sa
sisibol na
iyong kawangis
at ipagpapatuloy
ang iyong mithiing
kasarinlan at
demokrasya,
Perlas ng Silanga’y
Pupula.

Supremo,
Unang Pangulo,
Ama ng Himagsikan,
Ama ng Kasarinlan,
Ama ng Demokrasya,
Mabuhay ka, mabuhay ka!

Lubos na gumagalang,
Ka Tiyano

“Bayan, bayan, bayan ko, ‘di pa tapos ang laban mo. Rebolusyon ni Bonifacio, isulong mo, isulong mo!”