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10 Things You Didnít Know About Andres Bonifacio
Surprising tidbits about one of Pinoy history’s A-list heroes. For instance: how was his dental hygiene?
By: Mikee Garcia  |   Published on: Nov 30, 2012 - 7:00am

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.

This famous painting by Carlos "Botong" Francisco informed all of our preconceptions of how Bonifacio dressed.

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.

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  • Genuine
    If i may just add, while the Cavitenos were building fortifications, trenches and soundly beating the Spaniards, Bonifacio and his men were straight up about it. Meaning, they were mostly running around like headless chickens, bolos in hand, after being routed by the guardia civil. Military tactics were lost on these guys. Maybe they should've befriended the Ilocano, Antonio Luna, they could've learned a thing or two from that guy. Luna was extremely exasperated with them, is what i heard. Bonifacio and Luna were hotheads, so it's far-off they would've co-existed. Aguinaldo was the meek one. Guess who lived the longest.
    Dec 02 2012 @ 12:18pm     Reply  
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  • Genuine
    Sorry to rain on your parade, Ka Andy, but you did not win any skirmishes with the hated guardia civil, your troops were relegated to a band of bandits in the hills of Balara, nag alsa-balutan pa nga kayo ng tropa mo papuntang Cavite, where you pitted Aguinaldo's Magdalo against the Magdiwang so that you can be top dog. It's your way of thanking them after they gave you sanctuary from the Spaniards in Kawit and other parts of Cavite because you bungled Manila. Maybe it's your way of showing gratefulness. And because you were such a royal pain in the you know what to those revolutionaries who, at least, know how to win their skirmishes, battles, against the Spaniards, they decided you had to go. Aguinaldo's henchmen brought you and some of your guys to the hills of Maragondon for elimination. Some of your guys made a run for it and were shot like dogs. Seeing this, you begged your executioner to give you another chance and through him, begged El Presidente to spare your life. But because your executioner was a good soldier obeying orders, he shot you off on that hill too, on that bristling, extremely hot day in 1897, where your remains, bones, where eventually found in 1918. Aguinaldo was so guilt-ridden after this series of unfortunate events in our history, but it was his call to make. It had to be done. Else, Spanish rule in this country would've lasted into the 20th century because of internal wrangling, scheming, attempted power grabs within the ranks of our revolutionaries.
    Dec 02 2012 @ 11:37am     Reply   Hide replies
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    • angelbel
      aha! you are caviteneo, your ancestors killed luna and bonifacio.that is true
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  • matias III
    huh?...diba ang birthday ni andres bonifacio is Novmeber 30, 1863.....bakit 1883?...
    Dec 01 2012 @ 03:31pm     Reply  
  • Andres
    Bonifacio wasn't born in 1983 or 1883...please go through your article at least 50 times before publishing it! Damn!
    Nov 30 2012 @ 11:28pm     Reply  
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  • Ybarra Ysagani
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    Nov 30 2012 @ 05:43pm     Reply  
  • spot
    Thank you, lyz_montejo and vin! We appreciate our readers' help. Please find the corrections in place. Happy long weekend!
    Nov 30 2012 @ 11:46am     Reply  
  • lyz_montejo
    gave birth on nov 30 1983? he's just 29 years old???
    Nov 30 2012 @ 10:13am     Reply  
  • vin
    Catalina de Castro gave birth to a boy on November 30, 1983. [I'm excited to read this article with the foreword saying, Our grade school teachers may have skipped a few details when they taught us about this hero, but it's never too late to try and discover the little things that make a great man human, but what is worse is to give wrong information.] This should be corrected.
    Nov 30 2012 @ 09:29am     Reply  
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