Teresa Magbanua

Teresa Magbanua

*May 9, 1875 
†March 15, 1943 

Teresa Magbanua, known as the “Visayan Joan of Arc,” was a Filipino revolutionary who defied gender norms and played a crucial role in the fight against Spanish colonization during the late 19th century.

Born on October 13, 1868, in Pototan, Iloilo, Teresa was raised in a period of social and political upheaval, where the Spanish colonial rule loomed large over the Philippines. Despite societal expectations that dictated women’s roles within the confines of the home, Teresa was determined to break free from these constraints and contribute to the struggle for Filipino independence.

Teresa’s journey into the world of revolution began with her involvement in the Katipunan. Inspired by the ideals of freedom and self-determination, Teresa embraced the cause and quickly distinguished herself as a strategic leader.

What set Teresa apart was her remarkable military prowess. She became one of the few women to lead troops into battle, earning her the nickname “Visayan Joan of Arc” for her bravery and leadership on the battlefield. Throughout the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Teresa played a vital role in various skirmishes and engagements against Spanish forces, demonstrating her tactical acumen. Her strategies under pressure solidified her reputation as a military leader and a symbol of resistance against colonial oppression.

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