Graciano Lopez Jaena
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A most notable hero and genius of the Philippines. Jaena was born on December 18, 1856 and died on January 20, 1896. The pride of Jaro, Ilolo, he won the admiration of the Spaniards and Europeans. He is a known writer and orator in the Philippines. He wrote 100 speeches which was published by Remigio Garcia, former bookstore owner of Manila Filatica and which are still read up to now by modern Filipinos.
Lopez-Jaena left the Philippines in 1887 with the help of Don Claudio Lopez, a rich uncle, in order to escape punishment from his enemies and arrived at Valencia, the center of the Republican movement of the Spaniards. He gained the acquaintance of the high officials like Piy Margall Morayta, Moret, Castelar, and Salmeron. From Valencia, he moved to Barcelona where he established the first magazine La Solidaridad. This later became the official voice of the Association Hispano de Filipinas (a Filipino-Spanish Association) composed of Filipinos and Spaniards......
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