Melchora Aquino

Deceased Person from Philippines

Melchora Aquino Melchora Aquino de Ramos (January 6, 1812 – March 2, 1919) was a Filipina revolutionary who became known as "Tandang Sora" in the history of the Philippines because of her age when the Philippine Revolution broke out in 1896 (she was already 84 at the time). She gained the titles Grand Woman of the Revolution and the Mother of Balintawak for her heroic contributions to Philippine history. Aquino was born on January 6, 1812, in Balintawak. Aquino, daughter of a peasant couple, Juan and Valentina Aquino, never attended school. However, she was apparently literate at an early age and talented as a singer and performed at local events as well as at Mass for her Church. She was also often chosen for the role of Reyna Elena during the "Santacruzan" in May. Later in life, she married to Fulgencio Ramos, a cabeza de barrio (village chief), and bore six children. Ramos died when their youngest child was seven and she was left as a single parent for their children. Aquino continued her life as an hermana mayor active in celebrating fiestas, baptisms, and weddings. She worked hard in order to give her children an education. In her native town, Tandang Sora operated a store, which became a  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Melchora Aquino de Ramos,Mother of Balintawak,Tandang Sora,Grand Woman of the Revolution
Date of birth
Place of birth
Caloocan City


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

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