Marcelo H. del Pilar


Marcelo H. del Pilar Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaitán (August 30, 1850 – July 4, 1896), better known by his nom-de-plume Plaridel, was a celebrated figure in the Philippine Revolution and a leading propagandist for reforms in the Philippines. A master polemicist in both the Tagalog and Spanish languages, he helped the Propaganda Movement through his speeches and liberal writings on the plight of the Filipinos as a result of the abuses of the Spanish friars in the country. He was the editor and co-publisher of La Solidaridad (The Solidarity). Marcelo H. del Pilar was born on August 30, 1850 in Cupang, Bulacán, Bulacan. His parents were Don Julián H. del Pilar, an excellent Tagalog grammarian, speaker, and poet, and Doña Blasa Gatmaitán, familiarly known as Blasica. Don Julian was three times gobernadorcillo of the pueblo of Bulacan and afterwards oficial de mesa of the alcalde mayor of the province. The name of the family was Hilario; but pursuant to a decree of Claveria's, in 1849, the surname of the grandmother, Del Pilar, had to be added. His oldest brother, Toribio, was a priest. Del Pilar married his cousin Marciana (Tsanay). The couple had seven children (of which five died in infancy). Del  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Marcelo del Pilar
Date of birth
Place of birth
Bulacan, Bulacan
Journalist, Writer, Revolutionary, Musician, Lawyer, Politician


Institution From To
University of Santo Tomas
Colegio de San Jose
Colegio de San Juan de Letran


Date of death
Cause of death
Place of death
Place of burial
Manila North Cemetery

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