“Paint the Town Red” on the K.K.K. of Bonifacio Anniversary!

Katipunan Flag (1897)

Today, July 7, 2010, is the 118th founding anniversary of the Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (K.K.K.) [or the High and Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation in English and Suprema y Venerable Asociación de los Hijos del Pueblo in Spanish ]. The KKK, as popularly known, was a secret militant society of anti-Spanish colonizers. It was founded by Filipino patriots Supremo Andres Bonifacio, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, among others, on the night of July 7, 1892, in a house in Tondo, Manila when Filipino writer Jose Rizal was to be banished to Dapitan in Mindanao by the colonizers.

With the call “Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood” and “Kalayaan o Kamatayan” (Freedom or Death), Andres Bonifacio

An artist's version of Katipuneros writing their names in the membership form with their blood.

and Emilo Jacinto (The Brains of the KKK) transformed the society into a mighty weapon of the weak. The creation of the KKK signaled the end of the peaceful means of asking reforms from Spain and the beginning of an armed revolution to gain independence. According to popular Filipino nationalist historian Teodoro Agoncillo, the membership of the KKK is estimated to reach 30,000 in 1896, the year the secret society was discovered by the Spanish colonizers that lead to the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, in what was called the Cry of Balintawak, where members of the Katipunan tore their Cedulas, throw the pieces into the air and shouted for “revolution”.

The creation of the Katipunan ng mga Kabatang Kadre (KKK) or the Society of Young Cadres was partly inspired by the ideals of Bonifacio. As we commemorate this historic day, the flame of the ideals of Bonifacio and the KKK burns in the hearts of every young socialist militants. We will continue to struggle and pursue freedom from bondage not only from the domination of imperialism and globalization, but also from the chains of poverty and oppression brought about by the present barbaric system.

The KKK militants are holding various discussions among members and allied organizations about the Katipunan and the life of Bonifacio. Members will also be “painting the town red” with slogans of freedom and Social Justice.


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