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Heroes in Pampanga: Tarik Soliman / Bambalito

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By Robby Tantingco  (external link)                     Page 1  ;  Page 2 Then    Tarik    Soliman    “left    and    without    going    down    the    stairs,    to    show    his bravery,   jumped   out   of   a   window   to   the   street   below,   and   went   directly   to   his caracoa.      He   told   the   Spaniards   to   inform   (Legazpi)   that   he   would   wait   at   the mouth   of   the   estuary,   where   he   had   earlier   entered,   for   a   battle.      After   saying   this, he began sailing, amid hurrahs, to the place he mentioned.” Legaspi   sent   80   Spaniards   and   an   unspecified   number   of   Visayan   warriors,   led   by   his master-of-camp,   Martin   de   Goiti,   to   Bangkusay.      “Ahead   of   them,”   the   documents   say “was   the   caracoa   of   the   Moor   leader   (Tarik   Soliman)”   who   “courageously   fired   some shots   and   fought   animatedly   and   without   showing   any   weakness   or   disarray,   until   he died   from   a   rifle   shot   by   one   of   our   soldiers.      With   his   death,   they   began   to   fade   away.     They scattered and fled.” More   than   300   Kapampangan   warriors   died   in   the   Battle   of   Bangkusay   on   June   3, 1571.      The   Spaniards   proceeded   to   conquer   the   rest   of   the   “widely   spread   province,” meeting resistance only in Betis, “the most fortified throughout the island of Luzon.” The   “brave   youth   from   Macabebe,”   despite   his   heroic   sacrifice,   faded   into   obscurity.     Because   many   people   confused   him   with   Rajah   Soliman   of   Manila,   and   because   he remained   nameless   for   a   long   time,   he   did   not   gain   the   recognition   accorded   to another hero, Lapu-lapu. Credit   must   be   given   where   credit   is   due:   Tarik   Soliman   was   the   first   Filipino   to   die defending   his   country.      Rajah   Soliman,   Rajah   Matanda   and   Lakan   Dula   were   ready   to welcome   the   Spanish   invaders;he   alone   continued   resisting   them.      Lapu-lapu   killed Magellan   and   lived   on,   Tarik   Soliman   fell   and   died   a   martyr,   thus   passing   the   ultimate test of patriotism. The   Battle   of   Bangkusay   should   also   be   recognized   as   historically   significant   as   the Battle   of   Mactan.      The   Cebuanos’   victory   may   have   delayed   the   Spanish   Conquest   by a   few   decades,   but   it   was   the   Kapampangans’   loss   that   sealed   our   fate   in   the   next   300 years   as   a   colony.      Although   it   ended   in   defeat,   the   Battle   of   Bangkusay   showcased the   bravery   and   sacrifices   of   Kapampangans   and   altered   forever   the   destiny   of   an entire nation. PampangaTalents Acknowledge the first publisher of this text. It is a part of the: Singsing Magazine for Kapampangan Studies Vol. 6 No.1 of the Holy Angel University
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Heroes in Pampanga: Tarik Soliman / Bambalito

FIRST MARTYR

By Robby Tantingco  (external link)                     P age 1  ;  Page 2 Then   Tarik   Soliman   “left   and   without   going   down   the   stairs,   to show    his    bravery,    jumped    out    of    a    window    to    the    street below,    and    went    directly    to    his    caracoa.        He    told    the Spaniards   to   inform   (Legazpi)   that   he   would   wait   at   the   mouth   of the   estuary,   where   he   had   earlier   entered,   for   a   battle.      After   saying this, he began sailing, amid hurrahs, to the place he mentioned.” Legaspi   sent   80   Spaniards   and   an   unspecified   number   of   Visayan warriors,   led   by   his   master-of-camp,   Martin   de   Goiti,   to   Bangkusay.     “Ahead   of   them,”   the   documents   say   “was   the   caracoa   of   the   Moor leader   (Tarik   Soliman)”   who   “courageously   fired   some   shots   and fought   animatedly   and   without   showing   any   weakness   or   disarray, until   he   died   from   a   rifle   shot   by   one   of   our   soldiers.      With   his   death, they began to fade away.  They scattered and fled.” More    than    300    Kapampangan    warriors    died    in    the    Battle    of Bangkusay   on   June   3,   1571.      The   Spaniards   proceeded   to   conquer the   rest   of   the   “widely   spread   province,”   meeting   resistance   only   in Betis, “the most fortified throughout the island of Luzon.” The   “brave   youth   from   Macabebe,”   despite   his   heroic   sacrifice,   faded into    obscurity.        Because    many    people    confused    him    with    Rajah Soliman   of   Manila,   and   because   he   remained   nameless   for   a   long time,   he   did   not   gain   the   recognition   accorded   to   another   hero,   Lapu- lapu. Credit   must   be   given   where   credit   is   due:   Tarik   Soliman   was   the   first Filipino   to   die   defending   his   country.      Rajah   Soliman,   Rajah   Matanda and   Lakan   Dula   were   ready   to   welcome   the   Spanish   invaders;he alone   continued   resisting   them.      Lapu-lapu   killed   Magellan   and   lived on,   Tarik   Soliman   fell   and   died   a   martyr,   thus   passing   the   ultimate test of patriotism. The   Battle   of   Bangkusay   should   also   be   recognized   as   historically significant   as   the   Battle   of   Mactan.      The   Cebuanos’   victory   may   have delayed   the   Spanish   Conquest   by   a   few   decades,   but   it   was   the Kapampangans’   loss   that   sealed   our   fate   in   the   next   300   years   as   a colony.        Although    it    ended    in    defeat,    the    Battle    of    Bangkusay showcased   the   bravery   and   sacrifices   of   Kapampangans   and   altered forever the destiny of an entire nation. PampangaTalents   Acknowledge   the   first   publisher   of   this   text.   It   is   a part of the: Singsing   Magazine   for   Kapampangan   Studies   Vol.   6   No.1   of   the Holy Angel University
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