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BANGKAW or BANCAO

He was a young chieftain of Limasawa at the time of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi's arrival in Leyte. He was converted of the Catholic faith.

As a old datu, in 1622, he led a revolt against the the Spanish colonial government. He protested against the payment of excessive tribute to the Spanish government.

When the resistance was over, the Spanish found the dead body of Bangkaw pierced with a lance. They then cut off his head, impaled it on a stake, and publicly displayed it as a warning to all would-be rebels.

Date of Birth: unrecorded
Place of Birth: Limasawa, Southern Leyte
Date of Death: 1622

Values Exhibited:
  Love and respect for others
  Valuing the dignity of personhood

Learning Message:

Ang pagmamalasakit sa kapakanan ng kapuwa ay katumbas na rin ng pagmamahal sa sarili at sa Lumikha. (Concern for others is like love for one's self and love of God.)

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