Today in the Philippines they are celebrating Andrés Bonifacio. Some historians say Bonifacio was the unofficial first president of the Philippines for the efforts he made for Philippine independence in the late 19th century.

This is what our Himig Pinoy (Filipino/Tagalog) host Rolan had to say on the topic:

“A Filipino revolutionary hero, founded the Katipunan, a secret society which spearheaded the uprising against the Spanish and laid the groundwork for the first Philippine Republic. Andres Bonifacio was born in Tondo, Manila, on Nov. 30, 1863.

Andres Bonifacio, all fired up with ideas of reform and salvation, joined an organization established by Jose Rizal, the La Liga Filipina. Seeking reforms to better the country, the La Liga was extinguished when its founder and guiding light, Rizal, was deported to Dapitan.”

Happy Bonifacio Day from World FM!