BRASILIA, BRAZIL – 28 NOVEMBER 2021 – The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil organized an online lecture/event for its Cultural Diplomacy activity entitled "Andres Bonifacio: Father of the Katipunan and the Philippine Revolution of 1896 (His Life and Times)" on 28 November 2021 with Mr. Alvin D. Campomanes as the guest speaker. Mr. Campomanes is the current Program Head and Coordinator of Social Sciences (area studies) at the University of the Philippines Manila and is a co-founder and Director for Education and Research of Sucesos, a company that organizes history and cultural tours. The online event was in line with the Embassy’s celebration of Bonifacio Day.
The online event started with Charge d’affaires, ad interim, Leilani S. Feliciano’s welcoming remarks thanking everyone for attending. She stated that Bonifacio’s integrity, passion, courage, patriotism and deep love for the country and the Filipino people made him the “Father the Katipunan”. She added that we should strive to emulate Bonifacio’s virtues of integrity, courage, patriotism, perseverance and humility that he displayed when he led the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonial rule.
Mr. Alvin Campomanes
The guest speaker started with the historical context of 19th Century Philippines before delving into the life and times of Andres Bonifacio, which was the main topic of discussion during his presentation. Mr. Campomanes highlighted Bonifacio’s life story from his early life to his days as the Father of the Katipunan, and up to Bonifacio’s tragic end.
CDA Leilani S. Feliciano
The event had a very active question and answer portion which had very interesting and though provoking questions for the guest Mr. Alvin D. Campomanes related not only about Andres Bonifacio but also other notable names in Philippine history.
The webinar was attended by the Filipino Community in Post’s jurisdiction (Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela) as well as some attendees from the DFA Home Office, Greece, Ecuador, and residents from the Philippines. END