Aurelio Tolentino

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Aurelio Tolentino (b. October 15, 1869 – d. July 5, 1915) was one of the literary giants of the early 20th century Tagalog literature.

Tolentino was a former Katipunero who joined Andres Bonifacio in locating secret headquarters in the mountains of Montalban and San Mateo, Rizal. They chose Pamitinan Cave as their quarter, until it was discovered by the Spaniards on April 12, 1895.

He was captured during the outbreak of the revolution and was imprisoned for nine months. Later, he founded the Junta de Amigos, an organization comprised of Katipuneros which aimed to expel the American colonizers.

After the Philippine revolution, Aurelio Tolentino concentrated on literature: becoming a playwright, novelist and orator in Spanish, Tagalog and Pampango.

Some of his contributions include the following: drama/play- Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (1902) and Bagong Cristo (1907); novel – Maring (1908)Buhay (1909) and Buhok ni Ester (1914). He is the editor of La Patria, El Liberal, El Pueblo, El Imparcial, Ing Balen and Ing Emangabisan. He founded the Filipinas, a cooperative organization, and El Parnaso Filipino, a research institute for Tagalog literature, poetry and oration.


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