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Essay About Wenceslao Vinzons Historical Landmark

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If there is any World War II figure that stands as a shining symbol of loyalty to the country, it’s undoubtedly Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos. Besides him, however, another man also deserves to be recognized for paying the ultimate sacrifice for his country: Wenceslao Vinzons.

Born on September 28, 1910 and hailing from Indan (now renamed Vinzons in his honor) town, Camarines Norte, the gifted Bicolano native graduated valedictorian in his high school and later on became famous for his oratory and argumentative skills whilst studying at the University of the Philippines College of Law.

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Known as the Father of Student Activism, Vinzons also achieved notoriety when he led fellow students to demonstrate against a plan by legislators to increase their salaries.  He later on passed the 1933 bar examinations, placing third in the process.

When World War II broke out, Vinzons—then the representative of his district—quickly organized resistance groups in his province. Under his personal leadership, the guerrillas were believed to have killed over 3,000 Japanese soldiers. Due to his exploits, Vinzons became the most wanted man in Bicol province.

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After months of being hunted down, Vinzons was finally captured along with his family by the Japanese after a fellow guerrilla turned traitor on him. Upon his capture, he was paraded in the town plaza of Labo and was asked to collaborate with the enemy.

“Nothing can make me happier than to die for my country, Major. You will die too.” – Wenceslao Vinzons

After saying no (he reportedly answered the Japanese with “I have only three things to tell you: plant, plant, and plant!”), he and his family were brought to the garrison in Daet where again he was asked by the commander Major Tsuneoka Noburo to collaborate and pinpoint the location of the Filipino and American guerillas in the province. After being threatened with death by the angry commander for refusing to cooperate and after being asked one final time, Vinzons responded: “Nothing can make me happier than to die for my country, Major. You will die too.”

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At his response, the Japanese beat and bayoneted him to death along with his father Gabino, wife Liwayway, sister Milagros and children Aurora and Alexander. Their bodies have remained missing to this day.

In honor of his bravery and loyalty, several structures have been named after him, including the Vinzons Hall which houses the student activity center at the UP Dilliman.



About the Author: When he isn’t deploring the sad state of Philippine politics, Marcus Vaflor likes to skulk around the Internet for new bits of information which he can weave into a somewhat-average list you might still enjoy. For comments on this article, contact him at: [email protected]


Agoncillo, T. (1990). History of the Filipino People (8th ed., pp. 593, 427, 430). Quezon City: C & E Publishing, Inc.

Senate of the Philippines,. (2009). Gordon unveils Vinzons’ bust at UP Diliman. Retrieved from

More Fascinating Pinoy Facts

The Historical Sites and Education Division of the Philippines’ National Historical Commission administers and maintains different shrines, monuments, landmarks and heritage houses around the country. This is done to promote the ideals of the country’s national heroes as well as other prominent Filipinos.

Below is a listing of what the National Historical Commission categorises as “national historical landmarks.”

Abucay ChurchAbucay, Bataan
Aquino Ancestral HouseTarlac, Tarlac
Army and Navy ClubErmita, Manila
Bacarra ChurchBacarra, Ilocos Norte
Baclayon ChurchBaclayon, Bohol
Bagacay Point LighthouseLiloan, Cebu
Bahay Nakpil-BautistaQuiapo, Manila
Bank of the Philippine IslandsCebu City, Cebu
Barasoain ChurchMalolos, Bulacan
Barotac Nuevo ChurchBarotac Nuevo, Iloilo
Battle Site Memorial of Pulang LupaTorrijos, Marinduque
Birthplace of Antonio LunaSan Nicolas, Manila
Birthplace of Felix ManaloTipas, Taguig
Birthplace of General Gregorio del PilarBulakan, Bulacan
Birthplace of Pres. Diosdado P. MacapagalLubao, Pampanga
Boljoon ChurchBoljoon, Cebu
Bonifacio Trial HouseMaragondon, Cavite
Calamba ChurchCalamba, Laguna
Cape Bojeador LighthouseBurgos, Ilocos Norte
Cape Melville LighthouseBalabac, Palawan
Casa GorordoCebu City, Cebu
Casa Hacienda and its EnvironsRosario & Gen. Trias, Cavite
Cathedral of BoacBoac, Marinduque
Cebu Provincial CapitolCebu City, Cebu
Church and Convent of Santo NiñoCebu City, Cebu
Church of BalerBaler, Aurora
Church of DauisDauis, Bohol
Church of IvanaIvana, Batanes
Church of LoonLoon, Bohol
Church of N. Señora de la ConsolacionArgao, Cebu
Church of San Guillermo de AquitaniaDalaguete, Cebu
Church of Sta. MonicaPan-ay, Capiz
Church of TabacoTabaco City, Albay
Church of the Holy SacrificeDiliman, Quezon City
Church of the I. Conception of TamontakaCotabato City, Cotabato
Church of the Most Holy TrinityLoay, Bohol
Cry of Pugadlawin Historical LandmarkBahay Toro, Quezon City
Cuartel de Santo DomingoSta. Rosa, Laguna
Dapitan PlazaDapitan City, Zam. del Norte
Dumangas ChurchDumangas, Iloilo
Elks Club BuildingErmita, Manila
Ermita ChapelDumangas, Iloilo
Fil-Jap Friendship Historical LandmarkPili, Camarines Sur
Fuerte de la Concepcion y del TriunfoOzamis City, Misamis Occ.
Gen. Aniceto Lacson Historical LandmarkTalisay City, Negros Occ.
Gen. Juan Araneta Historical LandmarkBago City, Negros Occ.
Holy Rosary Minor SeminaryNaga City, Camarines Sur
Iwahig Penal Prison and FarmPuerto Princesa, Palawan
Jaro BelfryJaro, Iloilo
Leon Apacible Historical LandmarkTaal, Batangas
Lubao ChurchLubao, Pampanga
Luneta HotelErmita, Manila
Maasin ChurchMaasin City, Southern Leyte
MacArthur Landing SitePalo, Leyte
Makasaysayang Simbahan ng San JoaquinSan Joaquin, Iloilo
Malacañang PalaceSan Miguel, Manila
Malolos Heritage TownMalolos, Bulacan
Manila HotelErmita, Manila
Mansion HouseBaguio City, Benguet
Marcela Agoncillo Historical LandmarkTaal, Batangas
Matilde Bradford Memorial ChurchCebu City, Cebu
Mausoleo de los Vet. de la RevolucionSta. Cruz, Manila
Mehan GardensManila
Metropolitan TheaterErmita, Manila
Miagao ChurchMiagao, Iloilo
Miguel Malvar Historical LandmarkSto. Tomas, Batangas
Molo ChurchMolo, Iloilo
Nagcarlan Underground CemeteryNagcarlan, Laguna
National Museum BuildingManila
Negros Occidental Provincial CapitolBacolod City, Negros Occ.
Old Casa Real and Provincial CapitolLingayen, Pangasinan
Old Iloilo City HallIloilo City, Iloilo
P. Burgos Elementary SchoolP. Burgos, Pasay City
Paoay ChurchPaoay, Ilocos Norte
Pila Historical LandmarkPila, Laguna
Plaza Libertad NationalIloilo City, Iloilo
Pres. Ramon Magsaysay Historical LandmarkCastillejos, Zambales
Punta Cruz WatchtowerPunta Cruz, Bohol
Punta de Malabrigo LighthouseLobo, Batangas
Quipayo ChurchCalabanga, Camarines Sur
Rosendo Mejica Historical LandmarkIloilo City, Iloilo
San Agustin ChurchIntramuros, Manila
San Pedro Apostol ChurchLoboc, Bohol
San Sebastian ChurchQuiapo, Manila
Sergio Osmeña HouseCebu City, Cebu
Shiek Karimol Mahkdum MosqueSimunul, Tawi-Tawi
Silay City Historical LandmarkSilay City, Negros Occ.
Silliman UniversityDumaguete City, Negros Or.
Site of the Battle of AlapanImus, Cavite
Site of the Battle of ImusImus, Cavite
Site of the Beaterio of SabtangSabtang, Batanes
Sta. Barbara ChurchSta. Barbara, Iloilo
Sta. Cruz Parish ConventTanza, Cavite
Sta. Maria ChurchSta. Maria, Ilocos Norte
Surrender Site of Gen. YamashitaKiangan, Ifugao
Taal ChurchTaal, Batangas
Taal Historical LandmarkTaal, Batangas
Tayabas Provincial CapitolTayabas, Quezon
Torogan HouseMarawi City, ARMM
University of Santo TomasSampaloc, Manila
Vicente Manansala Historical LandmarkBinangonan Rizal
Wenceslao Vinzons Historical LandmarkVinzons, Camarines Norte
Zamora Historical LandmarkPandacan, Manila

Acknowledgment: National Historical Commission of the Philippines

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