By Emil Justimbaste
Published: February 18, 2012.
For more than 300 years, colonial Spain used torture and violence to impose their will on the Filipino people. All that changed in 1896 when a revolution erupted. By 1898, their fate was sealed. In the island province of Cebu, a man who was known by his alias as ‘Leon Kilat’, led the Cebuanos in an uprising that eventually gave them freedom and independence. This is the story of that uprising.