Plaridel honored by Filipino journalists

Members of the Bulacan Press Corps and Friends Photo © Arturo Sampana
Members of the Bulacan Press Corps and Friends Photo © Arturo Sampana

BULAKENOS led by members of the Bulacan Press Club on Tuesday trooped to the shrine of Marcelo H. Del Pilar in Bulakan, Bulacan in honor of the Filipino journalists “patron saint’s ” 166th birthday.

Led by the press corp president, Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Bulakan Tourism officer Joey Meneses Digong and Crisanto “King” Cortez, author of a book entitled PLARIDEL, DUNGAN NG KATIPUNAN, Bulakenos participated in a parade and wreath-laying ceremony at Plaridel’s National Dambana (Shrine).

Marcelo H. Del Pilar Photo ©
Marcelo H. Del Pilar Photo ©

According to an on-line resource page WikiPedia, “Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaitán (born Marcelo Hilario y Gatmaytán;[1] August 30, 1850 – July 4, 1896), better known by his pen name Plaridel, was a Filipino writer, lawyer, journalist, and freemason.

Del Pilar, along with José Rizal and Graciano López Jaena, became known as the leaders of the Reform Movement in Spain.

Del Pilar was born and brought up in Bulacán, Bulacan. At an early age, he became a critic of the monastic rule in the country (the Spanish friars). He was suspended at the Universidad de Santo Tomás and jailed in 1869 after he and the parish priest quarreled over exorbitant baptismal fees.

In the 1880s, he expanded his anti-friar movement from Malolos to Manila. He went to Spain in 1888 after an order of banishment was issued against him. 12 months after his arrival in Barcelona, he succeeded López Jaena as editor of the La Solidaridad (Solidarity).

Losing hope in reforms, he planned to lead a revolution against Spain. He was on his way home in 1896 when he contracted tuberculosis in Barcelona. He later died in a public hospital and was buried in a pauper’s grave.



Arturo Sampana
Art C. Sampana is a former correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He is a writing fellow at the Likhaan: University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing. His works were published in the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong and New York Editions), Philippine Daily Express, Inquirer, and Republika among others. He is currently a correspondent of The Manila Times, the country's oldest newspaper.

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