|Born||Emilio Jacinto y Dizon
15 December 1875
Manila, Spanish East Indies
|Died||16 April 1899
|Other names||"Pingkian", "Dimasilaw"|
|Alma mater||University of Santo Tomas|
Born in Manila, Jacinto was proficient both in Spanish and Tagalog. He attended San Juan de Letran College, and later transferred to the University of Santo Tomas to study law. He had Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmeña and Juan Sumulong as classmates. He did not finish college and, at the age of 19, he joined the secret society called Katipunan. He became the advisor on fiscal matters and secretary to Andrés Bonifacio. He was later known as Utak ng Katipunan.
Jacinto also wrote for the Katipunan newspaper called Kalayaan. He wrote in the newspaper under the pen name 'Dimasilaw', and used the alias 'Pingkian' in the Katipunan. Jacinto was the author of the Kartilya ng Katipunan as well.
After Bonifacio's death, Jacinto pressed on the Katipunan's struggle. Like general Mariano Álvarez, he refused to join the forces of general Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Katipunan's Magdalo faction.He lived in Laguna and also joined the forces against the Spaniards. He contracted malaria and died in Magdalena, Laguna, at the age of 23. His remains was buried in Sta. Cruz, Laguna then few years after, it was transferred in Manila North Cemetery.
In 1970s, his remains was transferred and enshrined in Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park in Quezon City. His shrine was decorated by a defiant lifesize bronze sculpture of him riding a horse and depicting his days in the revolution.His statue is also located in Mehan Garden.
His likeness used to be featured on the old 20 peso bill circulating from 1949 to 1969, and also on the old 20 centavo coin.
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- National Heroes: Emilio Jacinto. Accessed 1 September 2006. * MSC's honor to Jacinto
- David, Randy (2010-12-19). "Jacinto". Philippine Daily Inquirer (INQUIRER.net, An INQUIRER Company). Retrieved 2010-12-19.