In the revolution against Spain, women were a moving force. In 1893, the Supreme Council of The Katipunan, an underground revolutionary government, organized a women's auxiliary section. In the same year, the provincial council of Cavite was organized. It was the most successful council of the Katipunan.
There were sporadic pocket rebellions throughout the three centuries of colonialism. A large organized group with a meager arsenal to dare confront the well-armed Spanish army was at first inconceivable.
|Battle of Imus Monument|
Those three clashes made the revolution official. After centuries of procrastination, the first to draw blood from the enemy were the people of Cavite. That placed the Caviteños’ courage and bravery in history. Not all of those revolutionaries were men. A good number of them were Caviteñas, the women of Cavite.
The Philippine Revolution was winning when the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1898. The treaty ended the Spanish–American War. As a condition of the treaty, the United States paid Spain $20 Million for the rights to occupy and govern the Philippines. Except for the priests who remained under a separation of church and state clause, the Spaniards absconded to salvage their hold on other colonies around the globe.
Filipinas came out of the colonial years under Spain stronger than their men. By the time peace and a relative independence was reached in 1899, it was too late to break the Filipina spirit back into domestication. She has learned to fight for her country, take sole responsibility for her family and make money. All while retaining the balance between feminine charm and subtle assertiveness that took the Women’s Liberation Movement, a century later, to teach the women of other nations.
The Caviteñas, in comparison with Filipinas from other regions, earned a reputation for feistiness, vindictiveness, if warranted and only if warranted, down right malevolence. They would be least likely to become victims of rape, domestic abuse, assault or home invasion. They are shrewd business managers, assertive in any situation and adapts to the most difficult condition without losing charm and poise. Thus, they make perfect matriarchs.
The book, The Matriarchs of Cavite is now in editing stage and will be launched soon.