Today in Philippine History, March 20, 1843, Ambrocio Flores was born in Manila

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On March 20, 1843, Ambrocio Flores, a general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army who succeeded General Antonio Luna as secretary of war after his assassination, was born in Manila.

Ambrosio Flores   
(Ambrosio Flores)   

Flores, a son of a Spanish army officer, studied at the University of Santo Tomas, after which he was enlisted in the Spanish army in 1860. He retired after 33 years of service in the military.

He was inspired by the literary works of Dr. Jose Rizal and decided to join the Propaganda Movement and advocated the teachings of the Katipunan. He joined the revolutionary movement and became one of the trusted aides of General Emilio Aguinaldo.

During the Philippine-American War in 1899, he fought in the battles of Polo and Calumpit in Bulacan. He became the Secretary of War after General Antonio Luna was assassinated.

He engaged in newspaper work, becoming editor-in-chief of El Grito del Pueblo and editor of La Democracia.

In 1900, he surrendered to General Arthur MacArthur in Nueva Ecija.

When the province of Rizal was created in 1901, he became its first governor and held the position until 1904.

Later, he studied law and became a member of the Bar at the age of 62. He was appointed Justice of the Peace of Pasig, Rizal in 1911.

He died on June 24, 1912 at the age of 69.

Reference: Philippine News Agency


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