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Francisco Dagohoy holds the distinction of having led the longest revolt in the Philippines (1744-1829).

There are no available records on his parentage, birthday and boyhood. It is told though, that his brother was a constable was requested by a Jesuit in Inabangan, Bohol to go after a renegade indio. However, the indio killed his brother instead. When Francisco brought his brother’s body to the church for a proper Christian burial, the priest refused since his brother was killed in a fight. Due to this incident, Dagohoy swore vengeance and persuaded the natives to join him. He proclaimed an independent Bohol in the mountains of Inabangan where they assaulted Spanish garrisons, churches and priests. Three years after, the rebellion was still successful and the rebels steadfastly refused to give up their independence until 1829. Twenty Spanish governors-general failed to suppress the Boholano rebellion. After Dagohoy’s death, Governor Ricafort was able to conquer the island but magnanimously granted the Boholanos pardon and allowed them to live in peace in lowland villages.

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