Dagohoy Rebellion

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Dagohoy Rebellion
Part of the Philippine revolts against Spain
Date January 24, 1744 – August 31, 1829
Location Bohol, Philippines

Spanish victory

  • Pardoned 19,420 survivors and permitted them to live in new villages at the lowlands
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg Spain Flag of Bohol Province, Philippines.svg Boholano insurgents
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg Gasper de la Torre (starting in 1744)
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg Mariano Ricafort Palacin (ending in 1829)
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg Jose Lazaro Cairo
Flag of Cross of Burgundy.svg Manuel Sanz
Flag of Bohol Province, Philippines.svg Francisco Dagohoy
Flag of Bohol Province, Philippines.svg Numerous unknown commanders after Dagohoy
2,200 soldiers 3,000-20,000 followers (in 1744)
Casualties and losses
Unknown 19,420 surrendered, 395 died in battle, 98 were exiled

The famous Dagohoy Rebellion, also known as Dagohoy Revolution or Dagohoy Revolt, is considered as the longest rebellion in Philippine history. Led by Francisco Dagohoy, also known as Francisco Sendrijas, this rebellion took place in the island of Bohol from 1744 to 1829,[1] roughly 85 years.

It was one of two significant revolts that occurred in Bohol, Philippines during the Spanish Era. The other one was the Tamblot Uprising in 1621 led by Tamblot, a babaylan or native priest from Bohol which was basically a religious conflict.[2]

Dagohoy's Legacy[edit]

Flag of Bohol Province, Philippines.svg

The Dagohoy rebellion features in the Bohol provincial flag as one of the two bolos or native swords with handle and hand-guards on top. These two bolos, which are reclining respectively towards the left and right, depict the Dagohoy and Tamblot revolts, symbolizing that "a true Boholano will rise and fight if supervening factors embroil them into something beyond reason or tolerance."[3]

Dagohoy is an important figure Philippine history, not only as dure to his reputation as good brother and a heroic man, but also as a leader of the longest Filipino insurrection on record. His revolt lasted 85 years (1744–1829).[1]

The town of Dagohoy, Bohol is named in his honor. It was Vice President Carlos P. Garcia who proposed the name "Dagohoy" in honor of Francisco Sendrijas alias Dagohoy. The name Dagohoy is a concatenation of the Bisayan phrase, Dagon sa huyuhoy or talisman of the breeze in English.[4]

The Dagohoy Memorial National High School in Dagohoy, Bohol is also named in his honor and memory.


  1. ^ a b Readings From Bohol's History www.aenet.org, Source: Philippine Political and Cultural History. Volume I. Gregorio F. Zaide Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  2. ^ Tirol, Jes.Abatan River Cruise: A travel through history www.boholchronicle.com Retrieved 21 November 2006.
  3. ^ Bohol Flag and Seal Provincial Government of Bohol Retrieved 21 December 2006.
  4. ^ Establishment of the town of Dagohoy, Bohol www.boholchronicle.com Retrieved 8 July 2006.

Related Literature[edit]

  • Agoncillo, Teodoro A. History of the Filipino People. GAROTECH Publishing, 1990 (8th Edition).
  • Arcila, Jose S. Rizal and the Emergence of the Philippine Nation. 2001 revised edition.
  • Constantino, Renato. The Philippines: A Past Revisited. Tala Publishing Series, 1975.
  • Corpuz, Onofre D. The Roots of the Filipino Nation. 1989.
  • Scott, William Henry. Barangay: Sixteenth-Century Philippine Culture and Society. AdMU: 1994.
  • Zaide, Gregorio F. Great Filipinos in History: An Epic of Filipino Greatness in War and Peace. Verde Bookstore, 1970.
  • Zaide, Gregorio. Dagohoy: Champion of Philippine Freedom. Manila: Enriquez, Alduan and Co., 1941.

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