Bonifacio at 150

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On November 30, the Philippines commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of one of its most celebrated heroes, Andres Bonifacio. Young and adults alike took time to remember the man, his past, and even the myths surrounding him. Is the hero of the masses really poor? Was he really uneducated? Was Jose Rizal Bonifacio’s hero? There has been a longstanding debate on who the Philippines national hero really should be, with supporters of Rizal arguing that Bonifacio revolted through violent means when their hero was a peace-loving man. But if his war strategy during the 1896 Battle of Manila is any indication, it supports accounts that he didn’t attack aimlessly.

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