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4 Riveting Books About the Philippines’ National Heroes

We can always celebrate National Heroes Day with a really good book!

Filipinos observe National Heroes Day every August 31 to honor and celebrate the brave Filipino heroes who have fought and sacrificed their lives for the liberty of our country.

Unlike in the past years wherein numerous celebrations are held in observance of this special holiday, this year’s National Heroes Day will be a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, it’s still an amazing time to delve into the rich history of the people and places that made the Philippines a democratic country. (Read:5 Patriotic Movies To Watch On Independence Day)

If National Heroes Day has you feeling extra patriotic or hungry to learn more about our national heroes, pick up one of these riveting reads! My Pope Philippines lists several patriotic books to celebrate this holiday. 

Gabriela Silang: The Great Lives Series

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For sure, you’ve heard of Gabriela Silang, the first Filipina to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. But do you know her whole story?

Tahanan Books for Young Readers is taking you back in history with Gabriela Silang: The Great Lives Series. The book, written by established historian and writer Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz, is the first-ever biological book on Gabriela Silang

Get the book here.

Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa

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Famed Filipino playwright and author, Rene Villanueva, pens the heroic lives of Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio in the book Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa. Rene retells the two heroes’ stories side-by-side while highlighting their similarities and differences. The book is illustrated by Joel Jason O. Chua.

Get the book here.

Juan Luna: The Filipino as Painter

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Dr. Santiago Albano Pilar, an art history professor at the University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts, brings the first full-length biography of Juan Luna in Juan Luna: The Filipino as Painter. In this book, Santiago recreates the various backgrounds of Luna’s brief but turbulent life in graphic details.

Get the book here.

Melchora Aquino: Ina ng Himagsikan

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In Melchora Aquino: Ina ng Himagsikan, Rene O. Villanueva retells the story of Melchora Aquino—a Filipina revolutionary who became known as “Tandang Sora” because of her age during the Philippine Revolution. Aquino, recognized for her support for the revolution by giving shelter and treating wounded soldiers, was named the “Grand Woman of the Revolution” and the “Mother of Balintawak” for her contributions to the himagsikan.

Get the book here.

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