As we are celebrating the National Heroes Day, I would like to share one of my most looked up Philippine Heroes.
Teresa F. Magbanua is the sole Filipino woman ever documented in Philippine history to have led soldiers in the Visayas, specifically Iloilo. She was a brave and inspiring woman who fought for liberation against the Spanish and American soldiers and finally the Japanese.
- Teaching by example. In particular, she taught love of country and courage to defend freedom and liberty when she volunteered to become part of the Philippine resistance against the Spanish, American and Japanese forces. She was imbued with the spirit of volunteerism and heroism at the time when her country needed it. Thus, making a sterling example to the Filipino people.
- Dedication to duty and service when she fought the American and Japanese forces for the same reasons that she fought for against the Spaniards.
- Women can lead men in battle. She literally broke the stereotype of a woman who stays at home and takes care of the family. In the case of Teresa Magbanua, she sacrificed her hours for the family for her country. For this effort, she could be easily said to be a pioneer or one of the pioneers of Philippine feminist movement.
- Women can lead in the battle against tyranny and oppression.
- Without saying it literally after she said, “The situation in a country at a particular time creates its own breed of heroes and heroines,” anyone can be a hero at his own time, in his or her own way.
- Lastly, the greatest legacy she has made for the Filipino people was her fight for Philippine freedom and democracy as shown by her actions. According to Gregorio (Gregorio, 1976), “The important role of a teacher is (to serve) a bulwark of democracy (Gregorio, 1976). The state of Philippine education and society during her time contributed to the creation of a woman with the fighting and saintly spirit like Joan of Arc.