Melchora Aquino was a Filipino revolutionary who was already 84 years old when the
Philippine Revolution broke out in 1896.
Aquino became known as "Tandang Sora" because of her age when the Philippine Revolution
started. Aquino operated a store, which became a refuge for the sick and wounded
revolutionaries. She fed, gave medical attention to and encouraged the revolutionaries
with motherly advice and prayers. Secret meetings of the Katipuneros were also held
at her house. When the Spaniards learned about her activities and her knowledge to
the whereabouts of the Katipuneros, she was asked where Andres Bonifacio was hiding
but refused. She was then arrested and deported to the Mariana Islands.
After the United States took control of the Philippines in 1898, Aquino, like other
exiles, returned to Philippines until her death at the age of 107.