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Kartilya ng Katipunan is a set of principles that shows the path on how each and every one of us must live of lives by living to the fullest through good values. The  Kartilya ng Katipunan was made to change the thoughts of every Filipino’s unacceptable behavior.
The Katipunan movement frightened the Spanish and their supporters in the country. Consequently, the authorities arrested or exiled some 4,000 rebels, not to mention the myriad executions. At this time, the Filipinos were by no means united; Emilio Aguinaldo served as president of the insurgent government while José Rizal headed the Liga Filipina.
The Philippine Revolution is one of the most important events in the country’s history, awakening a proud sense of nationalism for generations of Filipinos to come. In a period of heavy struggle and conflict, Filipinos of different backgrounds united with a common goal: to resist colonialism.


Katipunan was not just an organization working towards the freedom of the Filipinos. They built on the ideological and political foundation constructed by men and women who sacrificed themselves because of their love for the country and for the people.
The organization drew inspiration from Dr. Jose Rizal, whose literary works, particularly Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, exposed the cruelties of the Spanish colonisers. Before Katipunan was established, both Bonifacio and Rizal were part of ‘La Liga Filipina’ – a progressive organization initiated by Rizal that sought peaceful reforms.
Just like Rizal who pushed Filipinos to think critically with full understanding, this code of conduct was made to inform people of what they deserve to know for making their lives better.
Going back to the past, the journey to freedom is long and hard. The price of bravery and principle is high. Back then, they thought that the day of real freedom will forever remain a dream. And through Kartilya ng Katipunan, Filipinos were united to fight for what they own. Kartilya ng Katipunan became an oath the every Katipuneros must follow to show their determination in being a part of the people who wanted a change.
On July 7, 1892, the Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan was founded in the house of Deodato Arellano at 734 Calle El Cano cor. Azcarraga.  Membership was through blood compact symbolizing the foundation of the secret society, which aimed the separation of the Philippines from Spain and the expulsion of the Spaniards in the country.  The first Supremo of the Katipunan was Deodato Arellano, followed by Roman Basa and finally, Andres Bonifacio.
In 1893, women were given the chance to join the organization.  The first members were Gregoria de Jesus, Josefa Rizal, Marina Dizon and Angelica Lopez.  They served as the keepers of important and confidential documents of the Katipunan and staged galas as fronts for the regular meetings of the male members.  By 1894, the Katipunan spread throughout Manila.
In order to strengthen and further widen the operations of the organization, the Kalayaan, the official organ of the Katipunan was published with Emilio Jacinto as editor.   Two works of Bonifacio were published in the  Kalayaan– “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa” and “Ang Dapat Mabatid ng mga Tagalog.”

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