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Hero of the Philippine Revolution
Gregoria de Jesus
From her autobiography

        Friends in the Katipunan

        The first printing press, the revolvers and other weapons, the seal, and other articles were also received from Messrs. Francisco and Valeriano del Castillo, men of the right spirit, patriotic, and of high ideals, who, when informed of the aims of the Katipunan, immediately purchased a big printing press in order to rush the printing of the Kartilla, the newspaper and rules of the Society. So, Emilio Jacinto, Aguedo del Rosario, and Alejandro, Cipriano, and Marciano Santiago from Polo, Bulakan, worked together in the printing office, while Macario Sakay and other leaders took charge of the distribution and went on errands.

        Some people consider Sakay a bad man, who in the end became a bandit, but I know that he helped greatly the Katipunan. Macario Sakay was a true patriot and I can hardly believe that he ended his life in the gallows.

        My life as a soldier

        Some of my important experiences during the Revolution are as follows: I had no fear of facing danger, not even death itself, whenever I accompanied the soldiers in battle, impelled as I was then by no other desire than to see unfurled the flag of an independent Philippines, and I was present in and witnessed many encounters. I was considered a soldier, and to be a true one, I learned how to ride, to shoot a rifle, and to manipulate other weapons which I actually used on many occasions. I have known what it is to sleep on the ground without tasting food for the whole day, to drink dirty water from mud-holes or the sap of vines which, though bitter, tasted delicious because of my intense thirst. When I came to think of my life in those days, considering my youth then, I am surprised how I stood it all, and how I was spared.

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