NHCP un­veils his­tor­i­cal marker of Pam­panga’s ‘name­less youth hero’

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The Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion of the Philip­pines (NHCP) of­fi­cially cor­rected a long­time his­tor­i­cal claim that Ra­jah Soli­man was the first Filipino to die for free­dom.

In a short cer­e­mony held re­cently, NHCP marked in front of the mu­nic­i­pal hall of Ma­cabebe, Pam­panga a name­less his­tor­i­cal marker to com­mem­o­rate the mar­tyr­dom of the “first na­tive to give up his life for in­de­pen­dence,” one iden­ti­fied only as the “Brave Youth of Ma­cabebe”.

NHCP Chair­man Maria Ser­ena I. Dio­kno, who led the un­veil­ing of the marker, noted that it was the first time in the his­tory that the com­mis­sion is­sued a name­less “Panan­dang Pangkasaysayan”.

The name­less hero, as the chair­man re­ferred, was a young Ka­pam­pan­gan chief­tain who led a naval force of 40 cara­coas (war­ships) and 2000 war­riors from Ma­cabebe and Hagonoy across Manila Bay to fight the con­quer­ing spa­niards led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in Bangkusay on June 3, 1571.

Dio­kno stressed out that this Ka­pam­pan­gan na­tive should be hon­ored as the first Filipino, and maybe the first South­east Asian to give up his life de­fend­ing free­dom against for­eign in­vaders. She clar­i­fied that some his­to­ri­ans made a mis­take in say­ing that it was Ra­jah Soli­man who died in the Bat­tle of Bangkusay.

The youth leader was named Tarik Soli­man by lo­cal his­to­ri­ans and older Filipinos who have en­coun­tered the hero’s name in his­tory books. In Pam­panga, he was known as “Bam­bal­ito”, whom many be­lieved to have lived around the 16th cen­tury.

Although his real iden­tity has not been fully es­tab­lished, Dio­kno said that the com­mis­sion de­cided to un­veil its marker in Ma­cabebe, as an ini­tial step in cor­rect­ing the his­tory.

In the same cer­e­mony, NHCP re­searcher Ian Christopher Al­fonso launched his book en­ti­tled “The Name­less Hero: Re­vis­it­ing the Sources of the Filipino Leader to Die for Free­dom”, which cites all the pri­mary sources of the Ma­cabebe hero's ex­is­tence and role in his­tory.

Al­fonso said that to­gether with the Cen­ter of the Ka­pam­pan­gan Stud­ies of the Holy An­gel Univer­sity (HAU), the book was made pos­si­ble.

“It took me al­most six years to fin­ish writ­ing the book. Of course, we care­fully re­searched it,” adding that there are few doc­u­ments which sur­faced along the way.

Al­fonso noted that the book was a trib­ute to his fa­ther who is also from Ma­cabebe, and to other Filipino youth, for them to be aware of the Ka­pam­pan­gan hero’s mar­tyr­dom.

He added that the book also aims to ad­vance fu­ture re­searches to give way to a clearer recog­ni­tion of the name­less hero.

Mean­while, Mayor An­nete Flo­res-Bal­gan ex­pressed her grat­i­tude for the said com­mem­o­ra­tion. “This marker is an honor to the Ma­cabebe folk and it proves the loy­alty and brav­ery of our peo­ple.”

Bal­gan said she had been long ag­gres­sive in push­ing for the in­clu­sion of the Ma­cabebe hero on the list of the coun­try’s na­tional he­roes.

She shared that since 2010, she has been or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to honor the youth leader -- One of which is a lec­ture series on Ka­pam­pan­gan Stud­ies mak­ing aware­ness of the heroic acts and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the youth leader.

Prof. Robby Tant­ingco, Holy An­gel Univer­sity (HAU) vice pres­i­dent for ex­ter­nal af­fairs and head of the univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Ka­pam­pan­gan Stud­ies, on the other hand, said that it is high time to give due honor to the Ma­cabebe hero and he will con­tin­u­ally ad­vo­cate for the cor­rec­tion of his­tory books and his­tor­i­cal mark­ers per­tain­ing to the ex­is­tence of the said hero.- Erika Mariel Gines

NHCP Chair­man Maria Ser­ena Dio­kno, Mayor Anette Flo­res-Bal­gan, Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Sec­re­tary Mar­ion Yam­bao and NHCP's Carmela Arevalo lead the 'Paglagda ng Kat­i­bayan ng Paglili­pat ng Panan­dang Pangkasaysayan' at the un­veil­ing of the 'name­less hero'...

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