Friday, January 18, 2013

Filipino Martyr: TORIBIO H. DEL PILAR

Suspected Cavite Mutiny Leader
One of the suspected leaders of the Cavite Mutiny in January 1872, Toribio del Pilar was
the older brother of Marcelo H. del Pilar, the moving spirit of the Filipino reformists’ propaganda
campaign in Europe in the late 1880’s. He obtained his bachiller en artes degree in 1854 and
graduated with the degree of bachiller en teologia in 1860 at the University of Santo Tomas.
He was sentenced to serve the prison term of six years and exile to Marianas Island
together with Pedro Carsillo, Bartolome Naria Serre, Gervacio Sanchez, Jose Mauricio de Leon,
Joaquin Pardo, Pio Ma. Basa, and Justo Guason. On March 14, 1872, about two months after the
aborted Cavite mutiny, they left Manila for Guam aboard the Spanish mercantile ship Flores de
Like the others, he was held incommunicado, far from his country and loved ones. The
records about his life and as a priest were made unavailable by the Spanish colonial authorities.

Boncan, Celestina P. Remembering the Cavity Mutiny of 1872 Manila: Geronimo Berenguer de
Los Reyes, Jr. Foundation, Inc., 1995. A booklet, 14 pages.
Corpuz, O.D. The Roots of the Filipino Nation Volume 2. Quezon City: AKLAHI Foundation,
Inc., 1989.
Quirino, Carlos. Who’s Who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.
Zaide, Gregorio F. Documentary Sources of Philippine History Volume 7. Manila: National
Bookstore, Inc., 1990.

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