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TODAY IN HISTORY: Gabriela Silang takes over Diego's battle for Ilocos

Agence France-Presse

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MANILA - On September 10, 1763, Maria Josefa "Gabriela" Cariño Silang fought valiantly against the Spaniards in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Gabriela took over the battle of her husband, Diego Silang, leader of the Filipino rebels in the Ilocos, who was betrayed by his close friend and was assassinated on May 28, 1763, by order of royal and church authorities in Manila.

Diego Silang and his group's goal was to free the Ilocos from Spanish rule.

After her husband's death, Gabriela fled on horseback to the mountains of Abra to establish her headquarters and reassemble Diego's troops.

For four months she led the Filipino rebels and marched with her followers to try to take Vigan on September 10, 1763. However, the Spanish stronghold there was expecting them and her army was ambushed, leaving many of them killed.

Gabriela Silang escaped with her uncle Nicolas and seven others but were later arrested and summarily hanged on September 29, 1763, at Vigan's plaza, with her being the last to die.