Death Anniversary of Don Mariano Ponce

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Death Anniversary of Don Mariano Ponce


Mariano Ponce was known as one of the Great Triumvirate of Filipino reformists. The other two were Dr. Jose P. Rizal and Marcelo H. del Pilar. Together, they led the Filipino struggle to regain Philippine freedom.Ponce was a physician, historian, writer, propagandist, diplomat, and advocate of constructive change in the Philippines. Like Rizal and Del Pilar, he was a true patriot who was fiercely devoted and loyal to his Motherland.Born on March 23, 1862 in Baliwag, Bulacan, Ponce went to Spain to finish his medical studies. In Madrid, he met several Filipino expatriates – Rizal, Del Pilar, Lopez Jaena, etc. Realizing their common desire to end the enslavement of their country and people, they banded together with several European friends to pursue this dream. They established the La Solidaridad to serve as the mouthpiece of Filipino aspirations and bring to the attention of the colonial authorities in Madrid the sad plight of the inhabitants of the Philippines. Ponce actively participated in the La Solidaridad, contributing many articles and signing them with the pseudonyms Kalipulako, Tigbalang, and Naning.At first, he was for peaceful means to realize their dreams to free their country from Spanish domination. The failure of this approach led Ponce to subscribe to his provincemate Del Pilar’s idea to organize a radical society to fight for Philippine freedom. He was one of the first to join the revolution when it broke out in August, 1896. …

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