imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Human and Inhumane Heores

In My Eyes: by Edward B. Antonio

6. Antonio Luna was ordered to report to Aguinaldo in Cabanatuan on June 5, 1899, but was upset when, upon arriving there dead tired, he was told that Aguinaldo had left for Pampanga. His bad temper rose and, upon spotting some soldiers whom he previously ordered disarmed for sloppiness and cowardice, proceeded to confront them. He was attacked by one man wielding a bolo and later by many others using bolos and pistols. He died of around 40 wounds. His famous last words were: “Cowards! Assassins!”

As he was sprawled dead outside in the plaza outside the convent where he was killed, an old woman peeked through the window and asked: “Nagalaw pa baiyan?” (Is he still moving?)

The woman was later identified to be Aguinaldo’s mother.

7. Emilio Aguinaldo flunked in many of his subjects while in school and was not the A-1 student as many supposed him to be. He transferred from one school to another. He would watch the ships at Manila Bay. He ignored all his subjects except Geography.

He never loved education.

He wrote: “Up to the time of my father’s death, I continued to have a dislike for studies. Furthermore, I was discouraged to discover that those who were highly educated were either sent to the gallows or were deported.

He was apparently referring to Rizal.

Aguinaldo was indeed very un-Rizal like.

8. Cory Aquino’s favorite color was red, not yellow.The late President Corazon Aquino as well as the EDSA People Power Revolution are best remembered through the iconic ‘yellow ribbon’. However, she once admitted that red was actually her first favorite. The yellow color only came after some friends suggested the song ”Tie A Yellow Ribbon” for Ninoy’s homecoming.

Cory continued to use her yellow trademark after her husband’s death.

9. Everyone knows Rizal took a page from Jesus Christ, saying as his last words “consummatumest” (“It is finished” in Latin). Yet that’s not the whole story. The British author of Rizal: Philippine Nationalist and Martyr Austin Coates wrote: “With a normal pulse, Rizal quietly uttered ‘Consummatumest, o tempora o mores! Quo usque tandem abutere, cives, patientia nostra!’”

In other words, Rizal also quoted the famous orator Cicero: “It is finished. O the times, o the morals! How long shall you abuse our patience, citizens!” Coates later commented that the complete final words of Jose Rizal signaled his despair over how his fellow Filipinos lacked passion for the revolutionary cause.

10. Everyone knows that Ninoy Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos were rivals, a competition that culminated in the assassination of the former and the deposition of the latter. Yet research by the managing editor of Filipinas magazine Gemma Nemenzo asserts that the two politicians were actually close friends.

Ninoy in fact benefited from Marcos’ protection, and was only killed when he came home because Marcos’ ill-health and consequential inability to control his people weakened this benefit.

“Ninoy and FM (Ferdinand Marcos) were more than friends. When Ninoy was in detention, he and FM would speak with scrambler telephones. During FM’s state visit to the U.S. in 1982, the two of them talked for an hour about good times. FM was actually considering Ninoy as his successor. He admired Ninoy for his being a courageous fighter and his vigor. They were on the same wavelength.”

11. The so-called Cry of Balintawak was renamed in 1968 to the Cry of Pugadlawin solely because Andres Bonifacio screwed up, big time. This was because a weary Bonifacio, exhausted from planning and mapping out the revolution, ended up falling asleep during the dry run of the revolution in Pugadlawin, and woke up thinking it was already the real thing. Because Bonifacio’s actions were so convincing, in no small part due to his indefatigable charisma, majority of those who were there in Pugadlawin during the dry run did not actually show up in Balintawak.

This resulted in disaster, as the Katipuneros were soundly trounced in Balintawak because of Bonifacio’s mistake. From this point on, the revolution was demoralized, and it took a two-pronged attack from Filipinos and the Americans before Spain decided to relinquish its three century-long rule on the Philippines.#