Marina Dizon-Santiago (b. July 18,1875-d. October 25,1950) a native of Trozo, Manila, was a Heroine of the Philippine Revolution and one of the first women initiated into the Katipunan. Also kept important documents of the Katipunan.
Marina was the daughter of Jose Dizon, one of the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite. Lost her mother when she was only eight years old. Her aunt Josefa Dizon, mother of Emilio Jacinto had to take care of her. Her father was an active associate of Andres Bonifacio, almost all her family members were patriots and nationalist in the essence. She was enrolled at a private school taht was conducted by Maestro Timoteo Reyes. Later studied at a public school under dona Aniceta Cabrera, It was where she met her future husband, who was her schoolmate, Jose Turiano Santiago. She was a student of Arts, learned music, painting and modelling, later became an acomplished singer and declaimer. She was the guitarist and violinist of the Trozo Comparsa Band. She was a frustrated teacher, but her father was not in favor of her dreams.
In 1893, she accompanied her cousin Emilio Jacinto to the house of Don Restituto Javier. In that house, she and the other women was initiated into the Katipunan. Became an active member and presided initiation rites for women, kept the records and explained to the new members the constitution and teachings. And always tell the members, " Be Cheerful at all times, do not show of any impending rebellion. Be prepared to be orphans and widows. Be brave and carry on". these are the words that kept the spirits of the women of the Katipunan. When her father was executed in Cavite in 1896 and on August of the same year, her husband was arrested. She burned all the record of the Katipunan, so that the Spaniards wont have more information about them. She had to sell all her belongings in order to raise money to bribe the guards of her husband. Finally, on September 11, 1897 her husband was released.
Marina and her husband were forced to transfer to Mecauayan, Bulacan, later moved to Tarlac when the hostilities ended. She left her husband and Proceeded to Banban. Her husband went to Manila for a work as an accountant , later was suspected as a revolutionary and was issued an arrest order for his capture. In order to avoide arrest, he fled to Hong Kong. Marina was left in the Philippines, and later reconcilled with her husband when he returned. Marina, was widowed during the WWII. She spends her entire life with her unmarried daughter in Caloocan. She died on October 25, 1950.
- Quirino, Carlos. Who's who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.
- MARINA DIZON-SANTIAGO (accessed on September 13, 2007)