Dagohoy rebellion

The Dagohoy rebellion, also known as the Dagohoy revolution and the Dagohoy revolt, is considered as the longest rebellion in Philippine history. Led by Francisco Dagohoy, or Francisco Sendrijas, the rebellion took place on the island of Bohol from 1744 to 1829,[2] lasting for roughly 85 years.

Dagohoy rebellion
Part of the Philippine revolts against Spain
DateJanuary 24, 1744 – August 31, 1829
  • Spanish victory
  • Pardoned 19,420 survivors and permitted them to live in new villages at the lowlands
Spain Boholano people
Commanders and leaders
Gasper de la Torre (starting in 1744)
Mariano Ricafort Palacin (ending in 1829)
Jose Lazaro Cairo
Manuel Sanz
Francisco Dagohoy
Ignacio Arañez
Pedro Baguio
Bernardo Sanote
Maximino Dagohoy (Sendrijas)[1]
2,200 soldiers 3,000–20,000 followers (in 1744)
Casualties and losses
Unknown 19,420 surrendered, 395 died in battle, 98 exiled

It was one of two significant revolts that occurred in Bohol during the Spanish era. The other one was the Tamblot uprising in 1621 led by Tamblot, a babaylan or native priest from Bohol which was basically a religious conflict.[3]


Flag of Bohol

The Dagohoy rebellion features in the Bohol provincial flag as one of the two Sunday or native swords with handle and hand-guards on top. These two sundang, which are reclining respectively towards the left and right, depict the Dagohoy and Tamblot revolts, symbolizing that "a true Boholano will rise and fight if supervening factors embroil them into something beyond reason or tolerance."[4]

The town of Dagohoy, Bohol is named in his honor. It was Vice President Carlos P. Garcia who proposed the name "Dagohoy" in honor of Francisco Sendrijas alias Dagohoy. The name Dagohoy is a concatenation of the Visayan phrase Dagon sa huyuhoy or "talisman of the breeze" in English.[5]

The Dagohoy Memorial National High School in Dagohoy, Bohol is also named in his honor and memory.


  1. ^ "Colorful History of Danao Bohol". Bohol-Philippines.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Readings From Bohol's History www.aenet.org, Source: Philippine Political and Cultural History. Volume I. Gregorio F. Zaide Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  3. ^ Tirol, Jes.Abatan River Cruise: A travel through history Archived September 28, 2007, at archive.today www.boholchronicle.com Retrieved 21 November 2006.
  4. ^ Bohol Flag and Seal Archived 2007-04-08 at the Wayback Machine Provincial Government of Bohol Retrieved 21 December 2006.
  5. ^ Establishment of the town of Dagohoy, Bohol Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine www.boholchronicle.com Retrieved 8 July 2006.


Related LiteratureEdit

  • Agoncillo, Teodoro A. History of the Filipino People. GAROTECH Publishing, 1990 (8th Edition).
  • Arcila, Jose S. Rizal and the Emergence of the Philippine Nation. 2001 revised edition.
  • Constantino, Renato. The Philippines: A Past Revisited. Tala Publishing Series, 1975.
  • Corpuz, Onofre D. The Roots of the Filipino Nation. 1989.
  • Scott, William Henry. Barangay: Sixteenth-Century Philippine Culture and Society. AdMU: 1994.
  • Zaide, Gregorio F. Great Filipinos in History: An Epic of Filipino Greatness in War and Peace. Verde Bookstore, 1970.
  • Zaide, Gregorio. Dagohoy: Champion of Philippine Freedom. Manila: Enriquez, Alduan and Co., 1941.

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