As we celebrate our 123rd Philippine Independence Day, let’s meet one of the Bicolano martyrs.
Camilo Jacob, a native of Polangui, Albay, was one of 10 martyrs executed by firing squad at Luneta, Manila, on January 4, 1897.
Jacob was a businessman and professional photographer who later became a revolutionary. He joined Triangulo Bicol, a masonic lodge in Camarines dedicated to community development. But the group was later tagged as an insurgent movement seeking to overthrow the Spanish government.
In 1896, the revolution began in Tagalog provinces. This event worried the Spanish officials who tried to stem its spread in the Bicol region. They preempted uprisings by persecuting liberal-minded Bicolanos, including the members of Tirangulo Bicol.
In September 1896, Jacob was captured and charged with rebellion. He suffered torture while in prison until he met his demise by firing squad.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) unveiled the Camilo Jacob Historical marker in Polangui, Albay, last March 7, 2017.