There is no doubt that Filipinos are very brave people. If there is one thing history taught us, it’s that Filipinos from the past were ready to defend their own country even if it entails death. With this, most of us imagine a strong and fearless man who is prepared to give up his own life just to battle with our country’s enemies. However, not a lot of us knows about one woman who might have been just as brave, or even braver, than the men who fought for the Philippines.
Her name is Teresa Magbanua y Ferraris. She is one of the most important heroines in history.
Teresa, or more commonly known as Isa, was a school teacher in Iloilo. Eventually, she joined the Katipunan and was hailed as a sharp shooter. According to history, no matter how far you run away from her, she would still be able to get a clean shot at you.
She became this kind of woman due to the fact that her own brothers, General Pascual Magbanua and Elias Magbanua, were killed by traitors. She was also one of the people who defeated the Spaniards during “the Battle of Sapong Hills" in Ilo-Ilo.
Apart from being one of the best snipers around, she was also named as the ‘Joan of Arc’ of the Philippines due to her good deeds. When the Japanese waged war in the Philippines, she fought alongside other soldiers despite her old age.
She also gave financial aid to in order to save the Allied prisoners during World War II.
Magbanua eventually died in Mindanao at the age of 78 on August 1947.
What can you say about this woman? Do you think school teachers should start talking about her more in classes so that the younger generations would know who she is? Share your thoughts in the comments section!