Diego Silang

Diego Silang (December 16, 1730 - May 28, 1763). During the Spanish period, he established an independent rebel government in Northern Luzon and agitated for reforms in the government. Spanish authorities managed to have him assassinated with the help of one of his followers who betrayed him with a treacherous shot at his back on May 28, 1763. His wife Gabriela took the torch of leadership and continued the rebellion heroically. Four months later, she was captured and executed publicly in Vigan on September 20, 1763, ending not only the life of “Ilocandia’s Joan of Arc” but also Silang’s revolt.