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Bonifacio in a martial-law era 5-peso bill. Presently, Bonifacio can only be found paired with Mabini in the P10 coin. Image from†coins-and-banknotes.com
5. Bonifacio could have missed out on a number of trips to the dentist.
A certain Doctor Cuanjunco discovered that the supremo had big and small teeth in an investigation of the alleged remains of Bonifacio in 1918, shares Ocampo. He adds that according to Espiridonia Bonifacio, Andres' sister, his upper teeth were wide, long and flaring. It [his teeth] even had holes because he often placed "creosote" on them.
6. Bonifacio had a very odd habit.
In one of his columns for the Inquirer, Murphy narrates his encounter with a school principal in Maragondon who shared that Bonifacio literally marked his spot by often taking a piss at the foot of one acacia tree on his way in and out of the nearby cell convento.
7. Bonifacio was BFFs with Emilio Jacinto.
If the Katipunan gave awards for best bromance, Bonifacio and Jacinto would be a likely candidates. Ramos writes that Bonifacio shared his knowledge and secrets with Jacinto, then a young man with long hair and a weakness for the Tagalog language. They joined the same fraternity, participated in the same discussions, and mulled over books on revolutions such as the "History of the French Revolution." Bonifacio even used Jacinto's version of the "Cartilla" because he found it better than his own. Throughout the revolution, Bonifacio looked after Jacinto like a big brother, and cooked up plans with him like an equal.
8. Bonifacio's not all red pants and kamisa de tsino.
The Supremo was once seen wearing a coat and tie in a unique studio portrait. Ocampo discloses that the said photograph "became the basis of an engraving published by a Spanish periodical in 1987, where the Titular President of the Tagalog Republic was given a better coat and tie."
9. Bonifacio believed in "magic."
Let's allow Ambeth Ocampo's column to tell the tale: "During the Philippine Revolution, Andres Bonifacio was said to have distributed pieces of black cloth that had allegedly been cut from the†cassocks worn by the martyred priests we remember as Gomburza today: Gomez, Burgos and Zamora, who were executed by garrote in Bagumbayan in 1872. These pieces of cloth were believed to protect the bearer from harm and made ill-equipped and hastily trained Katipuneros fight a superior enemy with bravery and faith."
10. Bonifacio had an enduring sense of compassion in spite of his personal struggles.
The mighty Katipunero had a soft spot too. Bonifacio had to work hard to raise his younger siblings. Like most of us, he struggled to "find a place for himself in society" on top of his familial duties, writes Murphy. Despite being a revolutionary, Bonifacio strongly believed in the values of comradeship, brotherhood (and sisterhood), kindness and charity to one another as well as the need to fight for one's rights.