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What do a poet, general, and woman warrior have in common, other than being the pride of the Philippines? The revolutionaries, both peaceful and fierce, are part of the sponsorship roster for Kalayaan 2011, the 113th Philippine Independence Day celebration set for June 11th.

Kalayaan 2011 sponsors will memorialize José Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonso y Realonda, Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, and Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, three of the Philippines’ top nationalists. Dr. Jose Rizal, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Mrs. Diego Silang embody the cry for anti-colonialist freedom.

Revolutionary Diego Silang and his wife Josefa, known as the “Joan of Arc of Ilocandia,” began an insurgent movement against Spain in the 1700s. Rizal’s writing, civic organizing and firing-squad execution in the late 1800s rallied those of the Katipunan Movement, led by Aguinaldo, to continue to fight for independence.

This year is the sesquicentennial anniversary of Dr.Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday. In his honor, the theme of Kalayaan 2011 is “Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan” or “Rizal: Pillar of the Nation.”