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ROSARIO N. VILLARUEL

She was the first woman Mason in the Philippines who joined the organization in 1893. She took the masonic name "Minerva."

She was arrested for being a Mason. To make things worse, she was accused of hitting a Spanish friar, but this she did so only in self-defense, for the friar had tried to kiss her. She also refused to kiss the hand of the Archbishop.

Although she suffered from her father's execution on January 11, 1897 in Bagumbayan, she continued to live up to his ideals of equality, brotherhood, and fairness.

Date of Birth: May 29, 1875
Place of Birth: Manila
Date of Death: September

Values Exhibited:
  Love for fairness
  Equality
  Love for fellow beings
  Commitment
  Courage

Learning Message:

Ang pagmamalasakit para sa kapwa ay katumbas na rin ng pagmamahal sa sarili at sa Lumikha (Concern for one's fellow beings is the same as love for self and for God.)

May mga pagkakataon na kailangan nating yumukod upang makatayo nang mas matatag sa hinaharap. (There are times when we have to bend so that we can stand more firmly in the future.)

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