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Heroes in Pampanga: Tarik Soliman / Bambalito

FIRST MARTYR

By Robby Tantingco  (external link)                      Page 1  ;  Page 2 Bambalito   or   Tarik   Soliman,   this   “brave   youth   from   Macabebe”   was   the   first   Filipino   to die defending his country’s freedom. Tarik   Soliman   was   a   16th-century   Kapampangan   datu   who   deserves   more   than   a footnote    in    history.        We    have    established    his    existence    and    heroism    from    four historical   documents:   (1)   Conquistas   de   las   Islas   Filipinas   1565-1615   by   Fray   Gaspar de   San   Agustin,   OSA,   pp.   333-335;   (2)   Historia   de   las   Islas   Filipinas   by   Joaquin Martinez   de   Zuñiga,   OSA,   pp.   49-50;   (3)   Copia   de   carta   que   el   general   miguel   lopez legazpi   ascrive   al   virrey   de   la   nueva   españa   fecha   en   la   ciudad   de   manila   a   xi   de agosto   de   1572   in   Isacio   R.   Rodriguez,   OSA’s   Historia   de   la   Provincia   Agustiniana   del Smo.    Nombre    de    Jesus    de    Filipinas,    Vol.    XIV,    pp.    117-131;    and    (4)    “Un    codice desconocido,   relative   a   las   Islas   Filipinas   (a   codex   found   in   the   collection   of   Don Antonio   Graiño;   its   anonymous   author   was   determined   to   have   lived   in   Manila   in   1590- 1593)    first    published    by    Lorenzo    Perez,    OFM    in    the    journal    Erudicion    Ibero- Ultramarina 13:IV (Enero, 1933), p. 526. In   1570,   when   the   Spaniards   led   by   Miguel   Lopez   de   Legazpi   sailed   into   Manila   Bay from    Panay    and    Cebu,    they    initially    encountered    resistance    from    the    Tagalog chieftains   of   Manila   (Rajah   Matanda   and   his   nephew   Rajah   Soliman,   and   the   king   of Tondo, Lakan Dula), but were eventually welcomed by them. One   particular   chieftain,   however,   continued   resisting.      He   was   a   “brave   youth…   the bravest   on   the   island,”   who   ruled   Macabebe   in   Pampanga,   “the   most   warlike   and brave   nation.”      The   documents   did   not   mention   his   name   (except   one,   which   named him    Bambalito ,    “young    Bamba,”    a    surname    that    still    exists    in    Pampanga),    but succeeding   historians   (Pedro   Paterno   in   Historia   de   Filipinas ,   1908-1912)   named   him Tarik Soliman , which is most likely a fictitious name but which has stuck. Tarik   Soliman   organized   more   than   2000   Kapampangan   warriors   from   Macabebe, Hagonoy   and   other   villages   along   the   Pampanga   River,   and   sailed   on   40   caracoas (warships)   through   the   Bangkusay   estuary   to   Tondo,   where   he   discussed   battle   plans with Lakan Dula. When   Legazpi   sent   two   emissaries   to   Tarik   Soliman   to   win   him   over   to   the   Spaniards’ side,   the   Macabebe   datu   “replied   excitedly   that   neither   he   nor   his   followers   wanted   to see   (Legazpi)   nor   have   his   friendship,   nor   that   of   the   Castilians.”      Then,   Tarik   Soliman “stood   up   and   with   audacity   and   ferocity,   unsheathed   his   sword.      Brandishing   it, he   said,   ‘May   the   sun   divide   my   body   in   two,   and   may   I   fall   in   disgrace   before the   women   for   them   to   hate   me,   if   I   ever   become   even   for   a   moment   a   friend   to these Castilians!’”
Tarik Soliman   Francisco Maniago   Maximino H. Hizon
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Heroes in Pampanga: Tarik Soliman / Bambalito

FIRST MARTYR

By Robby Tantingco  (external link)                      P age 1  ;  Page 2 Bambalito   or   Tarik   Soliman,   this   “brave   youth   from   Macabebe”   was the first Filipino to die defending his country’s freedom. Tarik    Soliman    was    a    16th-century    Kapampangan    datu    who deserves   more   than   a   footnote   in   history.      We   have   established   his existence     and     heroism     from     four     historical     documents:     (1) Conquistas   de   las   Islas   Filipinas   1565-1615   by   Fray   Gaspar   de   San Agustin,   OSA,   pp.   333-335;   (2)   Historia   de   las   Islas   Filipinas   by Joaquin   Martinez   de   Zuñiga,   OSA,   pp.   49-50;   (3)   Copia   de   carta que   el   general   miguel   lopez   legazpi   ascrive   al   virrey   de   la   nueva españa   fecha   en   la   ciudad   de   manila   a   xi   de   agosto   de   1572   in Isacio   R.   Rodriguez,   OSA’s   Historia   de   la   Provincia   Agustiniana   del Smo.   Nombre   de   Jesus   de   Filipinas,   Vol.   XIV,   pp.   117-131;   and   (4) “Un    codice    desconocido,    relative    a    las    Islas    Filipinas    (a    codex found   in   the   collection   of   Don   Antonio   Graiño;   its   anonymous   author was    determined    to    have    lived    in    Manila    in    1590-1593)    first published   by   Lorenzo   Perez,   OFM   in   the   journal   Erudicion   Ibero- Ultramarina 13:IV (Enero, 1933), p. 526. In   1570,   when   the   Spaniards   led   by   Miguel   Lopez   de   Legazpi   sailed into   Manila   Bay   from   Panay   and   Cebu,   they   initially   encountered resistance   from   the   Tagalog   chieftains   of   Manila   (Rajah   Matanda and   his   nephew   Rajah   Soliman,   and   the   king   of   Tondo,   Lakan Dula), but were eventually welcomed by them. One   particular   chieftain,   however,   continued   resisting.      He   was   a “brave   youth…   the   bravest   on   the   island,”   who   ruled   Macabebe   in Pampanga,   “the   most   warlike   and   brave   nation.”      The   documents did    not    mention    his    name    (except    one,    which    named    him Bambalito ,     “young     Bamba,”     a     surname     that     still     exists     in Pampanga),   but   succeeding   historians   (Pedro   Paterno   in   Historia de   Filipinas ,   1908-1912)   named   him   Tarik   Soliman ,   which   is   most likely a fictitious name but which has stuck. Tarik   Soliman   organized   more   than   2000   Kapampangan   warriors from   Macabebe,   Hagonoy   and   other   villages   along   the   Pampanga River,     and     sailed     on     40     caracoas     (warships)     through     the Bangkusay   estuary   to   Tondo,   where   he   discussed   battle   plans   with Lakan Dula. When   Legazpi   sent   two   emissaries   to   Tarik   Soliman   to   win   him   over to   the   Spaniards’   side,   the   Macabebe   datu   “replied   excitedly   that neither   he   nor   his   followers   wanted   to   see   (Legazpi)   nor   have   his friendship,   nor   that   of   the   Castilians.”      Then,   Tarik   Soliman   “stood up     and     with     audacity     and     ferocity,     unsheathed     his     sword.       Brandishing   it,   he   said,   ‘May   the   sun   divide   my   body   in   two, and   may   I   fall   in   disgrace   before   the   women   for   them   to   hate me,   if   I   ever   become   even   for   a   moment   a   friend   to   these Castilians!’”
Tarik Soliman   Francisco Maniago   Maximino H. Hizon
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