Jacinto Zamora

Jacinto Zamora y del Rosario (14 August 1835 – 17 February 1872) was a Filipino Catholic priest, part of the Gomburza, a trio of priests who were falsely accused of mutiny by the Spanish colonial authorities in the Philippines in the 19th century.

Jacinto Zamora
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Jacinto Zamora y del Rosario
ChurchCatholic Church
Personal details
Born(1835-08-14)14 August 1835
Pandacan, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died17 February 1872(1872-02-17) (aged 36)
Bagumbayan, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
ParentsVenancio Zamora
Hilaria Zamora (née del Rosario)

Early lifeEdit

Born on 14 August 1835 to Venancio Zamora and Hilaria del Rosario, he began his early education in Pandacan and later at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He was classified as a Filipino mestizo under the Spanish caste system prevailing at that time.[1] He later transferred to the University of Santo Tomas after finishing his Bachiller en Artes. Zamora graduated on 16 March 1858 with the degree of Bachelor of Canon and Civil Laws. He became a student preparing for the priesthood in the Seminary of Manila.

Pastoral lifeEdit

After being ordained, Zamora handled parishes in Marikina, Pasig, and Batangas. He was also assigned to manage the Manila Cathedral on 3 December 1864.


Execution site and marker of Gomburza

Zamora had a habit of playing cards after saying Mass. Once, he received an invitation stating that his friend had "Powder and Munitions"; in a gambler's language, "Powder and Munitions" meant that the player had much money to gamble with.[2] This invitation fell into the hands of the Spaniards—and worse, it was on the night of the Cavite mutiny led by a Filipino soldier, Sgt. La Madrid. This invitation was used by the Spaniards as evidence against Jacinto Zamora. The court accused them of inciting the revolt, even though the evidence was not adequate. They were found guilty and sentenced to death by garrote. The execution was carried out on 17 February 1872 at Bagumbayan Field in Manila. It has been said by the witnesses that Zamora was disoriented during his last days. As a result, he did not give any last words before the garrote took the life from the young priest.

In popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Guerrero, León María. 1998. Something to Remember. The First Filipino. Guerrero Publishing.
  2. ^ Joaquin, Nicomedes 'Nick'. 2005. A Question of Heroes (7th printing, 2017), Anvil Publishing Inc., p. 20.