“Learn more about Gabriela Silang….”
Jose M. Medoza created a monument in 1971 to honor the first Filipina to lead a revolt against Spain, Gabriela Silang. The Gabriela Silang statue is installed a hundred meters away from the Greenbelt 4 in Makati. Amidst the busy flow of life in the Makati area, this statue stands to remind Filipinos that everyone is a hero inside.
Gabriela Silang was born in March 19, 1731 in Caniogan, Santa, Ilocos Sur. She was first adopted by a rich businessman who married her when she was 20 years old. When she was 23, her businessman husband left her. She met and then married Diego Silang when she was 27. Diego Silang was an insurgent leader in 1957. He was assassinated on May 28, 1763 by the orders of the royal and church authorities in Manila.
When her husband died, Gabriela went to the Abra Mountains and led the troop. This earned her the title ‘Generala’. They rallied the Tingguian community to fight. Going down from the mountains to Vigan on September 10, 1763, the troops maintained and guarded to fortify the place. There was bloodshed and many of her troop members were killed although she was able to escape with her uncle Nicolas and seven other people. on September 29, 1763, Gabriala and the seven others were hanged in Vigan’s plaza. She was last to be choked.
Although thousands of kilometers from Vigan, the Gabriela Silang Monument in Makati serves as a reminder of the life and heroic act of a woman in the times of chaos and oppression. This also encourages everyone to awaken the hero in their hearts.