Ang Katipunan

Today is the 117th anniversary of the founding of the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan.

Mga Katipunero

Mga Katipunero

The Katipunan was the Philippine underground revolutionary movement which valiantly rose up in armed resistance against the throne of Spain.  The women and men of a “lowly colony” who dared to stand tall against a superiorly armed military force and economic world power have left an indelible imprint upon the hearts and minds of any and all sons and daughters of the Philippine nation who have come after them.  Despite the certainty of torture and the loss of their own lives those who were brave enough to take up arms and cry out for liberation knew that they could no longer endure another 300 years of colonial rule under the flag of Spain.  Wakasan na.  The centuries of rape, torture, humiliation, and exploitation had to come to an end.  Prayer, peaceful means of establishing equal legal representation as citizens of Spain, negotiation… these efforts had all proved to be fruitless.  Many skeptics probably thought, “live by the sword… die by the sword”.  Then again, perhaps it would be better to die fighting for freedom rather than to endure a lifetime of suffering and misery crushed under the weight of Spanish boot heels.

Anyone who is familiar enough with Philippine history will know that Andrés Bonifacio, the founder and leader of the Katipunan was betrayed and murdered through the traitorous efforts of Emilio Aguinaldo and his bourgeois clique.  Perhaps even the greater tragedy was that the Filipino people, on the brink of realizing their aspirations for true liberation, were not able to strike the final blow against the Spanish.  Their victory had been stolen through the machinations of American Imperialism.  Aguinaldo and his ilk continued in their cowardly ways by assisting the Americans in their campaign to subjugate the Philippines.  In exchange for their treachery they were granted power, prestige, and property as puppets of American Imperialism.  Filipinos by this time have become quite familiar with this song and dance performed by the Philippine elite, under the direction of American interests, and at the expense of the Philippine people.

And… oh how history has repeated itself.

The bright side to this ostensibly tragic tale, however, could easily be summed up through the words of the recently departed Richard Aoki:

“We didn’t lose [back then].  We just didn’t finish the job!”

Any Filipino should be proud to claim the courageous efforts of the Katipunan as one of the most sacred melodies of the brilliant opus that is their heritage.  The efforts of the Katipuneros did not result in defeat.  Hell no. Their sacrifices are the inspiration for us to complete the work that they began.  We are their legacy and our destiny of liberation is ours to complete.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Ang Katipunan”

  1. […] xMabaitx blogs on the anniversary of the Katipunan resistance movement in the Philippines against Spanish colonial rule: The Katipunan was the Philippine underground revolutionary movement which valiantly rose up in armed resistance against the throne of Spain.  The women and men of a “lowly colony” who dared to stand tall against a superiorly armed military force and economic world power have left an indelible imprint upon the hearts and minds of any and all sons and daughters of the Philippine nation who have come after them.  Despite the certainty of torture and the loss of their own lives those who were brave enough to take up arms and cry out for liberation knew that they could no longer endure another 300 years of colonial rule under the flag of Spain. […]

  2. continue the nationalism employed by the katipunan during those days. it must not perish up to now.
    88

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: