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Eulalio Villavicencio


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Eulalio Villavicencio
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Eulalio Villavicencio was born in 1842. He was a wealthy shipowner who contributed his wealth to help the Propaganda Movement and the revolutionary forces in their fight against Spain.

In October 1871 Eulalio married Gliceria Legaspi Marella who was born to one of the landed and wealthy family of Taal, Batangas. Together, they contributed a big part of their fortune and efforts to support the Philippine Revolution.

In January 1892 even before the Philippine-Spanish War erupted, Eulalio went to Hongkong and delivered personally P18,000.00 of their funds to Dr. Jose Rizal to finance the propaganda movement against Spain. Eulalio brought back propaganda pamplets and an ivory dagger given by Jose Rizal as a memento to his wife.

The Spaniards accused Eulalio of being a filibusterer and imprisoned him in the Old Bilibid Prison in Manila when his connections with the revolutionary movement had been confirmed. The Spaniards tried to convince Gliceria to reveal the secrets of the Katipunan in exchange for the release of her husband. However, she turned them down and said " I love my husband as few wives can, but I would consider myself un-worthy of carrying his name if I will procure his liberty at the expense of his country's blood". Eulalio was eventually released after a year in prison. However, he died of illness 3 months later because of his incarceration.

Eulalio and Gliceria owned a family ship called the "SS Bulusan" which was purchased in 1893. They donated this ship and it became the first warship of the Revolutionary Government. It is the first warship of the Philippine Government.

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