Lightning Visit to Bacong

Bacong, Negros Oriental, the Philippines

June 25, 2011

“Fierce as a lion, quick as a lightning bolt” – that was Leon Kilat (lion and lightning, respectively). The nickname may suggest the stuff of legends, but the man was a real revolutionary hero, a Katipunero named Pantaleon Villegas. He led a successful revolt against colonial Spain in 1898, the first Katipunan uprising in Cebu, or perhaps even in the Visayas. Shame on me; I had never heard of him and only learned about his place in history when I visited his hometown, Bacong, with my family. The world was indeed my classroom.

Pantaleon Villegas aka Leon Kilat @ Bacong, Negros Oriental
Pantaleon Villegas aka Leon Kilat @ Bacong, Negros Oriental

Continue reading “Lightning Visit to Bacong”

Advertisements