Graciano Lopez Jaena

Graciano Lopez Jaena

Graciano Lopez Jaena

-Born on December 18, 1856 in Jaro, Iloilo.
-Died on January 20, 1896 in Barcelona, Spain.
-Made a Mason in 1892 in Logia Porvenir No. 2 in   Madrid, becoming its Worshipful Master.
-Co-founded Logia Solidaridad No. 53 in Madrid.
-Among the first Filipino known to have been crowned   a 33rd Degree Mason.
-After circulating satirical novelettes against government abuses, he fled to Spain in 1879 to evade arrest.
-Considered the greatest Filipino orator, he denounced in stirring oratory the abuses in his native land.
-A gifted writer, he founded “La Solidaridad”, the propaganda organ for reform in the Philippines.
-Offered the editorship of a Spanish newspaper in New York, he refused, saying “my brain and my pen belong   to the Philippines and not to any foreign country.”
-Deprived of financial support from his well-to-do family because of the colonizer’s pressure, he died of     tuberculosis in charity ward and was buried in an unknown grave in Barcelona.
-A most brilliant and dedicated Mason and patriot of the Philippines, he lives enshrined in the hearts of his   countrymen.

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