by Esteban Villanueva


This series of fourteen oil paintings on canvas comprise the earliest known works to depict a historical event in the Philippines, in this case, The Basi Revolt of 1807 where, in protest of the Spanish colonial ban imposed in 1768 on the private manufacture of basi , the traditional Ilocano wine derived from sugarcane, a considerable number of Ilocanos in the north of the province (the entire Ilocos was a unified province until 1818) finally felt compelled to take up arms. Led by Pedro Mateo and Saralogo Ambaristo and composed if townspeople from Piddig, Badoc and other towns, they marched under their own flag of yellow and red horizontal bands and made their way southward towards the provincial capital of Vigan on September 16, 1807.


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