Aurelio Tolentino

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Aurelio Valenzuela Tolentino (October 13, 1867 – July 5, 1915) was a Filipino playwright and dramatist whose works at the turn of the 20th century depict his desire to see Philippine independence from its colonizers. Born in Santo Cristo, Guagua, Pampanga, he was the third and youngest child of Leonardo Tolentino and Patrona Valenzuela. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and read law at the University of Santo Tomas. Later in his life, Aurelio moved to Tondo, Manila where he became a court desk official. In Tondo he met Andres Bonifacio, one of the founders of the Katipunan, which he would eventually become a member of. He helped Bonifacio in his search for a secret headquarters in the mountains of Rizal in preparation for the start of the Philippine Revolution. He was arrested shortly after the start of the war and was detained for nine months. He continued to support the cause for Philippine sovereignty after his release and even became one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence in 1898. When Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States, Tolentino formed Junta de Amigos, a secret organization composed of former  ( Wikipedia article )


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