Trinidad Tecson

The only woman to perform the masculine tradition of the blood pact within the Katipunan and mother of Biak-na-Bato, Trinidad Perez Tecson served not only during the Katipunan’s rallies against the Spanish and the Philippine Revolution, but also against the country’s battles against the Americans. She also served as a nurse for the revolutionaries. During the Battle of Calumpit, she had ordered Katipuneros to burn the house of a Spanish senator which served as Spanish fortification. During the Philippine-American war, she fought alongside Gregorio del Pilar, and became Comisaria de Guerrera (quartermaster) in 1899 (Policarpio, 1924). With the wounded on her shoulders, she crossed the mountains of Zambales where the Filipinos met a battle with the Americans (Tecson-Romulo, 1995). Upon hearing that the Philippines formed peace with the Americans, she fainted from disappointment (she was also very ill at the time) (Policarpio, 1924). She was then buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). Tecson is another heroine of the war. She proved that women can also charge as well as men both in the battlefield and in support.