(1864 - 1903)
Apolinario Mabini, the sublime paralytic, was born in Tanauan, Batangas on July 22, 1864. His parents were Inocencio Mabini and Dionisia Maranan. They were poor. They only lived in small hut.
Despite poverty, Mabini went to school. He did not mind the long distance he had to travel on foot everyday to reach school. Neither did he mind hunger. After finishing highs chool he went to Manila to pursue higher education. However, it did not take long before he stopped studying due to lack of money. He returned home. In order to save some money, he taught in a local school. When he has saved enough he continued his study. He graduated with a law degree in the University of Sto. Tomas.
What he achieved he gaved back to his country. He joined the Katipunan and was a big help to General Emilio Aguinaldo in the Revolutionary Government. He rallied with other Filipinos in the fight for freedom.
It was 1896 when Mabini suddenly paralyzed after an unusual bout of high fever. This resulted to his lifetime paralysis.
His condition did not hinder his desire to serve the county and his countrymen. His handicap did not prevent him from carrying his duties. Instead, he wrote articles igniting the emotion of freedom-loving Filipinos. He has also written El Verdadero Decalogo, Programa Constitucional dela Republica Filipina and Ordenanzas dela Revolucion.
Mabini was the chief and the most trusted adviser of Aguinaldo. He helped Aguinaldo in running the revolutionary government.
When the Americans took over the Spaniards, they arrested Mabini and send him away in Guam. With him were other fellowmen who fought and supported the rebellion against the Americans.
He was freed and sent back to the Philippines in 1903. Unfortunately, he contracted cholera. He died on May 13, 1903.