Pio Valenzuela was a physician and was among the leaders of the Katipunan that started the Philippine Revolution against Spain.
In July 1892, when he was a medical student and the Katipunan was barely a week old, he joined this secret organization and was a close friend to Andres Bonifacio. He was elected fiscal of the secret society in December 1895.
When the Katipunan was discovered, he fled to Balintawak, but he later took the amnesty that the Spanish colonial government offered and he surrendered the following month. He was deported to Spain. He was incarcerated for about two years.
He returned to the Philippines in April 1899. In Manila, he was denounced to the American Military authorities as a radical propagandist and once more imprisoned. However upon his release Valenzuela was made the first mayor under the American regime of the municipality of Polo (now renamed Valenzuela City) from 1899 to 1900.
He later became the governor of Bulacan province from 1921 to 1925. After he retired from politics, he wrote his memoirs on the Philippine Revolution, although historians have since been wary of his autobiography because of some inconsistencies in his version of events.
11 July 1869 to 6 April 1956
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