Katipunan Member who was known as "Unknown"

During the time of the revolutions, there are many ordinary Filipinos who take up their arm and fight against the foreign oppressors. Another one of them was known for his alias Di Kilala or Unknown.

Today, we only knew by heart a few of them (Bonifacio, Aguinaldo, Jacinto, del Pilar, Luna, to name a few). But did you know that almost every province, city and towns in our country had his own local heroes who fought for the Philippine Independence?

For start with, did you know what is the name of the Filipino Revolutionary Member who joined the Katipunan and uses the alias “Di Kilala” (or “unknown”) to fight for our freedom against the Spanish Regime?

The person who uses the alias “Di Kilala” is Severino delas Alas. He was a native of Indang, Cavite and was born on January, 1851. He finished is college studies at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, after which he continue to take his Law Degree but was not finished because he wanted to be a teacher. He founded a school branch of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Indang, Cavite.

When the internal conflict between the two factions in the Katipunan movement – Aguinaldo and the Bonifacio factions – de las Alas attempted to make attempts to restore the peace in the group by proposing a set of rules on how to re-unite the two factions. But history tells us that the two factions did not make amends and that the Katipunan was split into two factions – The Magdalo faction in whom Emilio Aguinaldo was a member and the Magdiwang faction in whom Andres Bonifacio was a member.

Delas Alas served as the Director of Grace and Justice in the newly founded assembly of the Katipunan in Cavite area.

When the town of Indang, Cavite fell into the hands of the Spaniards, delas Alas join the armed forces of the Magdalo faction in Biak-na-Bato.

Di Kilala” was one of the members who signed the historical “Kasunduan sa Biak-na-Bato” (Pack of Biak-na-Bato) 1897.  The pack signifies the end of the Spanish rule in the Philippines. The pack was signed on December 14, 1897 between Emilio Aguinaldo and the Spanish colonial Governor-General Fernando Primo de Rivera. After this, “Di Kilala” was appointed as the Director of Interior in the newly created Central Government as mandated in the newly approved Malolos Constitution.

In 1910, delas Alas return to his hometown in Indang, Cavite along with Mariano Trias and Ladislao Diwa. In his return, he continues to his profession as a teacher and improves the education system in his community.

On November of 1918, the Filipino patriot famously known on his alias “Di Kilala” passed away.

Author’s note: Another compiling story and history of my motherland and its citizens.


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