Famous Filipinos Who Died in March – Philippines History


7th March 1985

Victorio C. Edades Filipino painter Died

Victorio C. Edades was a Filipino painter who was the leader of the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns who engaged their classical compatriots in heated debate over the nature and function of art. He was named a National Artist in 1976.

Edades was born on December 23, 1895 in Dagupan, Pangasinan to Hilario Edades and Cecilia Edades. He obtained his early education in barrio schools and went to a high school in Lingayen. In 1919, he left for the United States to study Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle. During the summer, he worked in the salmon canneries of Alaska. It was also during his stay in the U.S. that he married American Jean Garrott, with whom he had his only daughter, Joan.

15th March 1943

Gregoria de Jesús Died

Gregoria Álvarez de Jesús also known as Aling Oriang, was the founder and vice-president of the women's chapter of the Katipunan of the Philippines. She was also the custodian of the documents and seal of the Katipunan. She married Gat Andrés Bonifacio, the Supremo of the Katipunan and President of the Katagalugan Revolutionary Government. She played a major and one of the important roles in the Philippine Revolution. After the death of Bonifacio, she married Julio Nakpil, one of the generals of the revolution.


17th March 1957

President Ramon Magsaysay died in Plane Crash

Ramon Magsaysay’s term came to an abrupt end, when his presidential plane crashed, killing Magsaysay and 24 other passengers. An estimated 5 million people attended Magsaysay’s burial on March 31, 1957, and afterward, he was referred to in the Philippines as the “Idol of the Masses.” He is best known for defeating the communist led Hukbalahap (Huk) Movement.

21st March 1897

Marcela Marcelo died in the battle of Pasong Santol

Born in Malibay, Pasay, to a well-off family who ran a betel farm, Marcelo would acquire a reputation for being a fierce fighter and able leader during the revolution.

It was said that after the Civil Guards imprisoned her husband, she left her son under the care of her sister to lead a group of revolutionaries against the Spanish, becoming feared as “Selang Bagsik” and “Henerala Sela.”

Emilio Aguinaldo’s private secretary Carlos Ronquillo described her in his book as “a middle-aged married woman who had a child…who was always in the heat of the battle, with no weapons but a bolo.”

Marcelo died a heroic death in 1897 during the Battle of Pasong Santol after leading her men in overrunning the Spanish trenches.


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