Although he never
finished high school, Andres Bonifacio was very
smart. He knew Spanish
and spoke a little English, which he learned while working for the Fleming company. He read
foreign novels, as well as books about the French revolution, politics, law, and religion. Books
opened his mind to new worlds. Andres learned that common people had rights and that
freedom was a valuable thing to have. The Philippines had been a colony ruled by Spain since
the sixteenth century. But the Filipino people did not have the same rights as the Spaniards.
Inspired by new ideas, Andres began to dream that a better life was possible for his fellow
| On July
3, 1892, a man named Jose Rizal started
called La Liga Filipina. The group was made up mostly of
Filipinos from the middle class. The educated middle class
believed that Spain would grant much needed reforms if the
Philippines were made a province of Spain and Filipinos
became Spanish citizens.
Bonifacio admired Rizal.
He had read his novels Noli Me
Dr. Jose Rizal