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PIO DEL PILAR

He was born Pio y Castañeda. To safeguard his family and prevent them from harassment, he changed his name to del Pilar.

In May, 1896, he joined the Katipunan and formed a Katipunan chapter called Matagumpay (Triumphant) and he took the symbolic name Pang-una (Leader). He was, however, arrested by the Spanish authorities who tried to force him to reveal the roster of the Katipunan.

He designed a war flag for his chapter, a blood-red flag with a white triangle with the letter "K" in each angle, and in the middle, a half sun with seven rays.

He led a group of rebels in the Battle of Binakayan on November 9, 1896. They were able to capture the town from the Spanish authorities.

His last battle was with the Americans, in the town of Morong. He fought bravely but he and his men defeated and captured.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1865
Place of Birth: Culi-culi, Makati
Date of Death: June 21, 1931

Values Exhibited:
  Patriotism
  Nationalism
  Courage
  Commitment

Learning Message:

Ang pagmamalasakit sa kapakanan ng kapwa 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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