Today is the 150th birthday of Andres Bonifacio. In Philippine history, he is a known revolutionist, an aggressive one who is often compared to reformist Dr. Jose Rizal. Unfortunately, Bonifacio was killed by a fellow Filipino after the controversial Tejeros Convention. Historians were able to bring back his prestige as a national hero. What if he was still alive today?



1.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have received birthday greetings via Facebook! And I would have written this on his wall: “Pa-pizza ka na ah!”. He would also receive greetings from Kris Aquino via The Buzz.

2.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, his birthday wish would be to be formally recognized as the first President of the Republic of the Philippines. He would demand all Philippine history books to make necessary changes.

3.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have supported the idea of changing the name of the country to Filipinas.

4.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have two weeks ago. He would have been vacationing in Tacloban City during the height of the Typhoon Haiyan.

5.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would be the leading adviser of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. He would have given Enrile strategies on how to defeat Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

6.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have granted Rappler an exclusive interview, snubbing multi-million offers from ABS-CBN and GMA news teams.

7.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have been battling against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over unaccounted wealth. He would have been a good friend to Manny Pacquaio.

8.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, his best friend would be Teddy Casino. But they will keep on denying that they are close acquaintances.

9.    If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would have been installed as the chief officer on how to drive Chinese vessels away from Scarborough Shoal.

10. If Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would be telling us that their generation was a better one. He would be comparing Jose Rizal and Freddie Aguilar on how they court girls.

And if Andres Bonifacio was still alive, he would be reading this blog and would send us an email saying “sumu-sobra ka na ah!”.