- Posted January 11, 2014 by
Remains of Phl hero reburied
THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in Manila on Saturday led the transfer and re-interment of the remains of a former military commander who served during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the Philippine-American War.
The remains of Gen. Juan Cailles was reburied at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City -- the area where the remains of other generals like him were also buried.
The NHCP said the decision to transfer Cailles' remains from his original resting place, located also at the Heroes’ Cemetery, was made in consideration of his great role and contribution as Filipino military commander during two important episodes in the campaign for Philippine independence.
Born in the Philippines, Cailles was not considered a true-blooded Filipino since his father was a Frenchman while her mother was an Indian national.
“However, the mere fact that he had functioned as one of the true Filipinos serving the country during that time, NHCP decided to accord him the honor of being buried and given full military honors done with other Filipino generals that is rightfully fitted for him,” Carminda Arevalo, NHCP deputy executive director said.
Cailles was born in Nasugbu, Batangas on Nov. 10, 1871. His parents were Hippolyte Cailles, from Lyon, France, and María Caupama, from Kerala, India. He was the sixth among seven children.
He graduated from the Escuela Normal, then ran by the Jesuits in Manila and now called Ateneo De Manila University.
He became a teacher and taught for five years in the public schools of Amaya, Tanza and Rosario, Cavite.
During the 1896 Revolution, he took part in many encounters with the Spaniards, particularly in engagements that resulted in the deaths of his superior officers like Generals Candido Tria Tirona, Edilberto Evangelista and Crispulo Aguinaldo.