Reaction Paper of Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo

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Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio were friends. This is a fact glossed over in our history books like Historia:Pag-usbong, Pakikipag-tagpo at Pagbubuo by Prof. Raul Roland Sebastian and Dr. Amalia C. Rosales. Aguinaldo, a bachelor and the capitan municipal of Cavite El Viejo (now Kawit), was induced into the Katipunan, a secret revolutionary society founded by Bonifacio, the Katipunan Supremo. This was in March 1895, before Aguinaldo's twenty-sixth birthday (based on my report), in a house on Clavel Street, in Tondo, Manila. It was Santiago Alvarez, his bosom friend and son of Mariano Alvarez, capitan municipal of Noveleta, Cavite, who persuaded Aguinaldo, a mason, to join the Katipunan. Aguinaldo in turn persuaded Alvarez to join the …show more content…
Still other historians, Conrado Benitez and Teodoro M. Kalaw, call the incident the "Cry of Kangkong", for the water plant kangkong grew in the area. In contrast, there was only one "Cry of Cavite", and this took place in the towns of San Francisco de Malabon (now General Trias), Noveleta, and Kawit on the same day, August 31, 1896, the day after the Katipunan revolt had fizzled out in the Battle of San Juan del Monte, in Morong (now Rizal) province.
The error is that most historians regard the two armed uprisings against the Spanish regime as part of the Philippine Revolution. The truth is that these two incidents occurred in widely separated areas and were entirely independent of each other. The Katipunan uprising was purely a revolt- and an abortive one- by a few hundred men under the leadership of Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto, while that of Cavite involved thousands of people on the first and many more thousands on the succeeding days, weeks, and months. By sheer magnitude and intensity, the Cavite uprising was a full-blown revolution. Except for a narrow strip of land where the Spanish arsenal was located, the entire province of Cavite was liberated by the revolutionists in less than a week.
The rebels in the Battle of San Juan were all Katipuneros. In the revolution at Cavite, however, the preponderant majority were non-Katipuneros- people who had probably never heard of the Katipunan

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