January 6, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is this year’s recipient of the Quezon City Tandang Sora Award.
The said award is conferred to outstanding women, who embody the virtues and ideals of Melchora Aquino, the Grand Old Lady of the Katipunan, who was better known as Tandang Sora.
The conferment of the award will highlight the commemoration of the 205th birth anniversary of the revolutionary heroine in ceremonies at the Tandang Sora National Shrine at Banlat Road in Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City today.
A traditional wreath-laying ceremony will also be conducted as part of the commemorative rites.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and officials of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines will lead the event.
Descendants of Aquino had been invited to join the celebration together with other city, schools, police, and barangay officials.
Born to a peasant couple on January 6, 1812, Aquino earned the moniker Tandang Sora because she was 84 years old when the revolution broke out in 1896.
Despite her old age, she risked her life by opening her doors to Katipuneros during the revolution against the Spaniards.
Aquino kept the spirit of the Katipuneros high by providing them with food, clothing, and shelter.
When the Spaniards found out about her part in the revolutionary movement, they questioned her harshly but she did not divulge any information on the Katipunan.
Aquino was arrested and deported to Guam, where she spent six years in exile.
She was able to return to the Philippines on February 26, 1903 at the age of 91.
She died on March 2, 1919 at the age of 107.
Previous Tandang Sora awardees include former QC Mayor Adelina Rodriguez, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, journalist Tina Monzon-Palma, and educator and former senator Helena Benitez. – RBA