Hero of the Philippine Revolution
Gen. Antonio Luna
Antonio Luna was the fiery-tempered but brilliant military strategist of Gen Aguinaldo. He was the brother of the famous painter Juan Luna.
Antonio Luna studied Bachelor of Arts at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, studied pharmacy at the Univerity of Santo Tomas, but finished it in Barcelona, Spain. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine at the Central University of Madrid, and studied further in France and Belgium.
He wrote in La Solidaridad under the Nom de Plume "Taga-Ilog" He also managed the paper La Independencia.
In 1897, he was deported to Spain and imprisoned in Carcel Modelo de Madrid. When he was released, he studied military tactics. During the Phil-Am war, he was made a general by Aguinaldo. Because of his bravery, he was made director of War on September 26, 1898. General Luna became famous for bravery, unusual style of fighting, and strict discipline. ( strict and dictator-like )
At the age of 31, he was shot dead in Cabanatuan in a treacherous attack led by a disgruntled Filipino Sergeant.
Excerpts from Talambuhay ng mga Bayani by Rene Alba
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