CSF pays tribute to local heroine

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The local government here aims to educate young learners on the life of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio, a local heroine and a Fernandino, who made the revolutionary flag at the height of Phiippine-American War, key official announced.

“We would like to share the story and history of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio through story-telling among selected schools specifically targeting the pre-schoolers up to elementary graders and even senior high school of the traits of our local heroine,” said former Pampanga Board Member Dr. Letecia Yap, one of the convenors of the Women’s Week Celebration.

Through book story-telling, Yap said we can impart to our young learners the heroism made by “Nicolasa”, who abandoned comfortable life only to serve the revolutionary group.

“Young generations do not even know the significance and who Nicolasa is? and what she had done for the country?” Yap told reporters while narrating other women activities for the week-long celebration in this city.

“Nicolasa”was a Filipino non-combatant in the Philippine-American War. Her actions not only included helping to minister the sick and wounded Filipino combatants, but also played a major role in appeasing General Antonio Luna during his confrontation with General Tomas Mascardo.

This contributed to the collapse of the Bagbag-Quingua-Sta. Maria defense line based on the Pampanga River, which was held against the American forces.

Nicolasa was born to Don Florentino Dayrit, a Cabeza de Barangay and Doña Antonina Pamintuan, in San Fernando, on September 10, 1874. She was one of the well-educated women of her time, having studied under Don Modesto Joaquin in Bacolor. Fluent in Spanish, she was also one of the two more accomplished pianists in the province, the other being Doña Josefa Henson.

The event was followed by book launching of Nicolas Dayrit-Panlilio “Ing Bayaning Fernandino” written by Master Teacher Nancy Tolentino. The book was written in Pampango dialect and translated to English for easy comprehension by non-Kapampangan readers.

Other activities during the Women’s Week Celebration include Art Exhibit, fund raising for Marawi teachers, Bantay Usok Sigarilyo Brigade, youth forum on reproduction health, drug awareness, values and anti-bullyiing.

Art contest or on the spot poster making contest, basic first-aid training for women leaders, skills and livelihood training, women entrepreneur trade fair and wreath laying.

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