Marcelo H. del Pilar

Marcelo H. del Pilar

Greatest Journalist of the Propaganda Movement
August 30, 1850 - July 4, 1896

        Born on Kupang, San Nicolas, Bulacan on August 30, 1850 with Julian del Pilar and Blasa Gatmaitan as his parents, Marcel H. Del Pilar supported the Philippine Revolution with his editorial wisdom.

        In 1882, he was editor of "Diariong Tagalog" which criticized Spanish rule. Using the pen name "Plaridel," he wrote satires against the Spanish friars, notably "Dasalan at Tuksuhan" and "Kaiingat Kayo."

        When in Spain, he succeeded Graciano Lopez Jaena as editor of the "La Solidaridad," the mouthpiece of the propagandists working for reforms in the Philippines. But his illness kept him from holding that position for a long time. Soon, tuberculosis weakened him and he died on July 4, 1896 in Barcelona, Spain, away from his family.

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