Today in Philippine History, January 6, 1812, Tandang Sora was born in Balintawak

Friday January 06, 2012 ()

On January 6, 1812, Melchora Aquino de Ramos, who became known as "Tandang Sora", was born in Balintawak.

Melchora Aquino de Ramos AKA Tandang Sora   
Melchora Aquino de Ramos (Tandang Sora)   

It can be recalled that despite her old age, Tandang Sora opened her doors to Katipuneros who risked their lives during the revolution. Tandang Sora was already 84 at the time when secret meetings of the Katipuneros led by Andres Bonifacio were held at her house.

She kept the spirits of the Katipuneros alive by providing them with food, clothing and shelter.

Charged with aiding the Katipunan, Tandang Sora was arrested by the Guardia Civil in Barrio Pasong Putik, Novaliches and jailed at the Bilibid Prison in Manila.

In complete disregard of her age and sex, the Spanish authorities exiled her to Guam, where she stayed for seven years as a servant.

Tandang Sora came home to her native land on February 26, 1903 at the age of 91. She died in 1919 at the age of 107.

Reference:
Phililppine News Agency
Photo: Wikipedia commons


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