Teresa Magbanua

Teresa Ferraris Magbanua is known as the Joan of Arc of the Philippines. She braved against all the Philippines’ known invaders: Spain, America, and Japan. Magbanua became a guerilla against the three countries, and she became known for her resilience. During a battle at Balantang Jaro, Iloilo, she led a battalion against American soldiers, killing 400, and despite accounts discrediting her accomplishment from men such as Emilio Aguinaldo, Antonio Luna, and Tomas Mascardo, she persevered against the enemy countries. She became the only Visayan woman to lead battles (Camacho, 2000). Her participation in the battlefield shows the tenacity and fearsomeness of women regardless of the position men put them in.