TERESA MAGBANUA – Interesting Facts About The Visayan Joan Of Arc
TERESA MAGBANUA – In this topic, we will now know some interesting facts about the Visayan Joan of Arc Teresa Magbanua.
Magbanua was born on October 13, 1869 at the town of Pototan, Iloilo. She was also a Filipino school teacher and military leader.
Here are some interesting facts about Magbanua.
1. The only Filipino woman ever recorded to have led the Katipuneros
She is one of the few women who volunteered for her services to fight against the Spaniards. An outstanding horseman and marksman, she led the Katipuneros in the Battle of Barrio Yoting, Capiz in December 1898 and the Battle of Sapong Hills at the same month. This also proves that women can also lead men in battle since Magbanua can be counted as one of the pioneers of the Philippine feminist movement
2. Magbanua as a schoolteacher
She teaches by example. For instance, she taught love of country and courage to fight for freedom and liberty.
3. A hero in three eras
She fought battles in both the Spanish and the American Colonization era. However in 1900, she surrendered her troops to American forces after her brothers Pascual and Elias, who were also soldiers, died. During World War II, she contributed to the resistance against the Japanese during World War II wherein she sold her belongings in order to provide supplies to the local guerillas.
4. How soldiers called Teresa
Because of her contributions in the Battle of Barrio Yoting, she was called by her fellow troops the Visayan Joan of Arc. She was also closely called “Nanay Isa” (Nanay is Visayan for Mother, while Isa is the shortened version of her name Teresa)