Commemorating Andres Bonifacio: For His Sword is Mightier than the Pen

Today we are celebrating a (Phillipine) national holiday, Andres Bonifacio Day. We Filipinos all grew up learning, reading and even watching stories of our national heroes and Gat Andres Bonifacio is one of the favorites, for he fought alongside hundreds of suppressed Filipinos and lived in the same era as the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. Although people may argue that Bonifacio deserved more the title and recognition of the Philippine's National Hero rather than Dr. Jose Rizal, what we all can agree upon is that Supremo's work was an integral part in conveying the message over to those oppressive minds of the once was Spanish colonists. Although the pen seems to be mightier than the sword in a more literate combative way and the pursuit of freedom for the Philippines that Rizal and his colleagues has started - In the end when mere words were not enough to get the message across to the seemingly more "civilized" colonizers,it was up to the sword to continue where the pen last took off. That the flames of nationalism and patriotism can overcome the masses fears, and for once freedom is really worth fighting for. Although the revolution that the Katipuneros fought for were not complete success, the valiant act of fighting for our country when everyone seems to have similar spirit but lacked the courage to do act is out is what made Andres Bonifacio and the Katipuneros the heroes that we Filipinos recognize up to this day.

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Let us not lose track of what truly matters today, November 30, 2011 - a day once a year when we commemorate and pay respect to the heroism of The Father of Philippine Revolution, Gat Andres Bonifacio. Today we do belief that when the pen's might has lose its power, the sword (tabak at itak) is the only reliable way to get the message across. The Supremo, Andres Bonifacio is considered to be the face of the the everyday struggling suppressed Filipino masses. That amidst the poverty, when one dreams of something, no matter the odds, one can climb up to power and overcome those adversary even if it means disregarding his life to fight for the lives of the many. That is Andres Bonifacio.

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A Youtube user-created tribute and biography to Andres Bonifacio:


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