TANDANG SORA GETS FLOWERS ON 207TH BIRTH RITES
A simple commemorative program and floral offerings highlighted the celebration on Sunday of the 207th birth anniversary of the revolutionary heroine, Melchora Aquino, otherwise known as Tandang Sora, at her shrine in Sitio Banlat, Brgy. Tandang Sora, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Brgy. Tandang Sora Chairman Marlou Ulanday led the wreath-laying rites, together with representatives of Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy G. Belmonte and former Senator Santanina Tillah Rasul, recipient of the 2019 Tandang Sora Memorial Award.
Aside from Malacañang, the other donor of flowers came from the Quezon City government, QC 6th District Rep. Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., the Knights of Columbus Assemblies of Tandang Sora, Katipunan, Melchora Aquino, and grandchildren of the heroine.
Melchora Aquino was born on Jan. 6, 1812 in Banlat, then a part of Greater Balintawak. Despite being 84 years old when the revolution against Spain broke out in August 1896, she joined the revolutionaries led by Gat Andres Bonifacio and was called Mother of the Katipunan.
She used to go as far as Barrio Binugsok in Novaliches, about six kilometers away from her home, to treat the wounded and the sick Katipuneros under the shade of a large duhat tree in the area.
Due to her revolutionary activities, Tandang Sora was arrested by the Spanish authorities in Barrio Pasong Putik, near the present Barangay Greater Lagro, Novaliches.
After a few days’ incarceration at the Old Bilibid Prison in Manila, she was exiled to Guam. She was allowed by the Americans to return to the Philippines on Feb. 26, 1903. She died at the age of 107 in 1919 and was buried at the Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Revolution at the Manila North Cemetery.
On her 158th birthday on Jan. 6, 1970 and 51 years after her death, Tandang Sora’s remains were transferred to her new shrine at the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park in Pasong Tamo, Novaliches.
A final transfer of the heroine’s remains was made on Jan. 6, 2012, her 200th birth anniversary. This time, she returned to where she was born in 1812—in Banlat, Balintawak, which eventually became a part of Novaliches when it was created as a town in 1855. (Samonte/PNA)
Photo by The Kahimyang Project