Bonifacio's 10 Commandments Allegedly Written in His Own Blood, Josephine Bracken's Letter to Aguinaldo, and More Are Going Up on Auction
“We can clone Andres Bonifacio and make him run for President!” a playful Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, curator of Leon Gallery, jokingly says of the Decalogue, formally titled “Katungkulang
Bonifacio’s Decalogue forms part of the collection of incredible pieces of Philippine history to be auctioned off on September 8, 2018, at the Magnificent September Auctions 2018 by the Leon Gallery.
For Nakpil, the Decalogue is certainly the most important piece written by Bonifacio. “It is the definitive Bonifacio role, and it would be nice if that’s how we remember him,” Nakpil tells Town&Country. “This is Bonifacio as a visionary: A fellow who inspired people to rise up and overthrow the Spanish. That’s how Bonifacio should be remembered, that’s why that’s important.”
Although it is the most important piece of writing of the Katipunan, Bonifacio’s Decalogue was never published. However, Nakpil explains that it represents “the earliest formulation of the ideals, goals, and vision for
“Its impact on the Philippine Revolution was so strong that the need for an expanded and more detailed code of conduct was keenly felt, resulting in a second work, Emilio Jacinto’s Kartilya ng Katipunan,” says Nakpil.
The document comes from the historical archives of Epifanio de
OTHER NOTABLE HISTORICAL PIECES
Among the most important items in the auction include a letter from Josephine Bracken to Aguinaldo, in which she signed it as “Josephine Rizal”; a rare medallion from the highest ranking officers of the Katipunan, and an exceedingly rare printed form used in the Katipunan’s recruitment process.
Josephine Bracken's Letter to Emilio Aguinaldo
Josephine Bracken is arguably one of the most interesting figures among women linked to Jose Rizal. In some accounts, it is said she married Rizal in a secret ceremony in Fort Santiago mere hours before his execution, which is part of the reason that makes her letter to Aguinaldo very interesting: she signed it as Josephine Rizal. According to Nakpil, Josephine wrote the letter in June 1897, six months after Rizal's death. She was introducing a certain American named J.T.
Don Emilio Aguinaldo
My dear sir and with my highest consideration.
An American, named JT
I remain at your service
The letter goes to auction for a starting bid price of P200,000.
Ceremonial Medal of the Supreme Council of the Katipunan
Among the Katipunan relics in the auction is the ceremonial medal of Jose Trinidad, who performed the duties of an assistant secretary in the Supreme Council.
When Bonifacio founded the Katipunan, their recruitment became so effective that whole towns and provinces had numerous Katipuneros, necessitating the need for organization.
The Katipunan was organized into three governing tiers: the Sangguniang
Drawing from its masonic influences, members of the Supreme Council would wear symbolic garments and articles during their secret meetings. One of those articles was the ceremonial medal made of brass featuring two crossed
According to Nakpil, the double
There were only 10 members of the Supreme Council, with each member bearing a different medal, making the medal exceedingly rare and valuable. The medal goes to auction at a starting bid price of P100,000.
Leon Gallery’s Magnificent September Auctions 2018 is on September 8, to be held at Leon Gallery, Ground Floor, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati.