Tribute to a hero

In observance of the 154th birth anniversary of Gen. Antonio Luna, staff members of his ancestral house converted into a museum, hoisted the Philippine flag and offered flowers as tribute to one of the heroes of the Philippine Revolution.

Luna was the hot headed but brilliant military strategist of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

Brother of the famous painter Juan Luna, Antonio Luna studied Bachelor of Arts at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, studied pharmacy at the  Univerity of Santo Tomas, but finished it in Barcelona, Spain.

He obtained his Doctor of Medicine at the  Central University of Madrid, and studied further in France and Belgium.

He wrote for La Solidaridad  under the pen name “Taga-Ilog” and also managed the paper  La Independencia.

In 1897, he was deported to Spain and imprisoned in Carcel Modelo de Madrid. After his release fron prison, he studied military tactics. During the Phil-Am war, Aguinaldo made Luna a general.

Because of his bravery, Luna was named director of War on September 26, 1898.

He became famous for bravery, unusual style of fighting, and strict discipline.

At the age of 31, he was shot dead on June 5, 1899 in Cabanatuan City in an attack led by a disgruntled Filipino Sergeant.  

He was born on Oct. 29, 1869 in Urbiztondo, Manila.

Topics: Antonio Luna , Philippine Revolution , Hero , Juan Lona
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