- Rider(s):Silang, Gabriela
(1731 – 1763), also known as the ‘Joan d’Arc of the Ilocos, was the wife of the insurgent leader, Diego Silang, who fought for the independence of Ilocos from Spain. She was one of his closest advisors and his unofficial ‘aide-de-camp’ during skirmishes with Spanish troops. When Spanish collaborators assassinated Diego, Gabriela assumed her husband’s role as commander of the rebel troops. Her popular image as the bolo knife-wielding “la Generala” on horseback stems from this period. In 1763 she was captured and executed by hanging in Vigan’s central plaza reputedly after watching all her man die ahead of her.
- Original in:Manila, Philipinnes