Jose Maria Basa

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Jose Maria Basa (b. December 19, 1839 - d. July 10, 1907), a native of Binondo, Manila was a Filipino patriot and propagandist.


Early Life

He studied at University of Santo Tomas, where he received a bachelors degree in philosophy in 1860. He inherited a distillery in Trozo, prospered and became well-known in Binondo.


Basa was a member of a reformist group. He was accused of participating in the 1872 revolt which led to the execution of Gomburza. After two years, he , together with other accused people, were given a pardon under the condition that they will not return to the Philippines. He settled in Hong Kong with his family where he became a successful merchant. Basas's home became the temporary house of some of the exiled Filipinos like Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. Del Pilar and Graciano Lopez Jaena.

He was also an active promoter of the propaganda movement as he donated money to the cause and for the smuggling of the copies of La Solidaridad and other Rizal's novels into the Philippines. In 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo established a junta in Hong Kong, he served in the general's committee and was appointed as the Director of Justice.

When Spanish-American war broke up, he and other wealthy Filipino in exile offered money for the American government to either grant protection or to annex the Philippines. He died in Hong Kong, and after four years, his remains were brought to Manila.


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