Gabriela Silang was the
first Filipino woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the
Silang was of Spanish and
Ilocano descent. She was adopted by a wealthy businessman who later married her
at the age of 20, but left after three years. In 1757, she married again, this
time to 27-year-old indigenous Ilocano rebel leader, Diego Silang.
She became a major figure in
her husband's collaboration with the British and the brief expulsion of
Spanish officials from Vigan, Ilocos Sur during the British occupation of
May 1763, her husband was assassinated. After her husband's death, she fled
to the mountains of Abra to establish her headquarters
and reassemble her troops. She led the group for
four months before she was captured and executed.