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Popularly known as the “Mother of Biak-na-Bato,” Trinidad Tecson was born on November 18, 1848 in San Miguel de Payumo, Mayumo, Bulacan. In 1895, she joined the Katipunan women chapter, at the age of 47. She was one of the few revolutionary women who actually fought side-by-side with the revolutionary men for the country’s freedom from the Spanish colonizers.

She fought in 12 bloody battles in Bulacan, including the famous Battle-of-Biak-na Bato, and would often get wounded but she would always return to the field after she recovered. She did the “manly” thing in signing her name with her own blood (something women rarely did). On the battlefield she wore the Katipunero outfit and fought side by side with the men, enduring their hardships.

Among her valiant acts was the capture of firearms from a jail in San Isidro. During one of these exploits, Tecson once pretended to be dead in order to evade capture. At one time, when the Katipuneros lacked firearms, she went with three companions to the courthouse in Caloocan and succeeded in defeating the civil guards and seizing their guns.

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The Trinidad Tecson Marker is located at Sta. Rita Bata, San Migue, Bulacan where the Mother of Biak-na-Bata was born.

After this, she led a group of five men and proceeded to the jail in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, where she was able to capture seven more firearms after subduing the jail guards.  

She was likened to “Tandang Sora” or Melchora Aquino, who was called “Mother of the Katipunan” for her heroic role of feeding and nursing wounded Katipuneros in the battlefield.The Katipuneros’ hideout in Biak-na-

Bato also served as the headquarters of General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was Aguinaldo who called Tecson as the “Mother of Biak-na-Bato.”

During the Philippine-American war, she joined the revolutionary forces led by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar. She also served in the Malolos Republic and was designated as the Commissary of War.

Tecson died on January 28, 1928 at the Philippine General Hospital at the age of 80. She was buried at the Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Revolution in Cementerio del Norte or Manila North Cemetery.

References:
Today in Philippine History, November 18, 1848, Trinidad Tecson was born in San Miguel de Payumo, Bulacan. Retrieved on May 25, 2020 from https://kahimyang.com/…/art…/758/today-in-philippine-history.

Philippine Heroines of the Revolution:Maria Clara they were not. Retrieved May 25, 2020 from https://www.univie.ac.at/ksa/apsis/aufi/wstat/heroine.html.

6 Badass Filipino Women You Never Heard Of. Retrieved May 25, 2020 from http://www.filipiknow.net/filipina-warriors-in-philippine-…/.

 

Research by:

Ms. Alve Mosura