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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Josephine Bracken: the rebel

Very little is written in Philippine history books about Josephine Bracken, the alleged widow of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Filipinos. The few pages devoted to her usually pictures a very silent and reserved lady, a lady that briefly came and suddenly went, a lady lost into oblivion after the execution of Rizal. Not many know that Josephine joined the revolutionaries of Cavite where she cared for the sick and wounded and eventually took to the frontlines and killed a Spanish officer.