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Hero of the Philippine Revolution
Gen Gregorio del Pilar
  • hero of Tirad Pass
  • commander of last Army of Gen. Aguinaldo
  • born November 14, 1875
  • died December 2, 1899 fighting the Americans at Tirad pass

Gen Gregorio del Pilar was the nephew of the great propagandist Marcelo H. del Pilar. At an early age, he received booklets from his uncle in Madrid, written by reformists like Rizal, Lopez Jaena.

Excerpts from Talambuhay ng mga Bayani by Rene Alba

On December 2, 1899, he died fighting the Americans at Tirad Pass.

When he was killed at Tirad Pass, del Pilar's body was left by the roadside for two days until its odor forced some Igorots to cover it with dirt. On his diary, which Major March found, Del Pilar had written:
    The General [ Aguinaldo ] has given me the pick of all the men that can be spared and ordered me to defend the Pass. I realize what a terrible task has been given me. And yet, I felt that this is the most glorious moment of my life. What I do is done for my beloved country. No sacrifice can be too great.
    History of the Filipino People. Teodoro A. Agoncillo

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