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Leon Kilat

The story of the Cebuanos’ struggle for freedom and independence


By Emil B. Justimbaste

Published by Emil Justimbaste at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 Emil Justimbaste

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The author wishes to acknowledge the librarians and staff of the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos, CebuCity, Philippines, who unselfishly allowed him to make his research in its old newspapers and reference books in June 1998. The vivid accounts of the different bloody encounters were written by surviving veterans of the revolution themselves in the 1920s when the accounts appeared in Cebu’s early newspapers.

The accounts were penned in the flowing Cebuano prose whose translation proved to be a daunting task. Kilat’s betrayal and death on the other hand was sourced from Vicente Alcoseba’s chilling if poetic firsthand account of the incident, while much of the April 3, 1898 account was from Enrique Maria de la Calzada, another Cebuano poet whose words and style of writing became an endless source of anxiety for the author who could only marvel and gasp at the flowing language of the writer.

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