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Bonifacio's Work Experience


        Andres gave up his studies to work full time to support his bothers and sisters. At first he
    was a bodeguero (warehouse keeper) in a mosaic tile factory in Sta. Mesa in Sampaloc. Later
    he got a job as a clerk. After that he bought tar and ties as an agent for the English firm of J.M.
    Fleming & Company in Binondo.

        In 1886 the Manila Railway Company had plans to build a railroad line from Manila to
    Dagupan, Pangasinan. They asked the Fleming company to help build the railroad. The
    railroad tracks would cut across Tondo. The Fleming company bought many houses, including
    the Bonifacio house in Tutuban, and knocked them down to make way for the railroad. Today,
    over a hundred years later, the trains still run through the Tutuban railroad station, near the
    place where Andres Bonifacio was born.

        Andres was an honest and hard worker. He tried his best to feed and care for his brothers
    and sisters. He helped his two brothers find jobs. Ciriaco became a train conductor and Procopio
    worked for the Manila Railway Company.

        Andres was always trying to find ways to make money for his family. He had beautiful
    penmanship and made attractive posters for companies such as clothes dealers. He had learned
    to make rattan walking canes and paper fans from his father. He continued to make them with
    his brothers and sisters in the evenings. By day their canes and fans were sold in the busy streets
    of Manila. Andres also wove and sold dozens of bamboo hats. In his free time he acted on stage
    with his brothers in moro-moro plays in Palomar, Tondo. Moro-moro plays were about the
    fight between Muslims and Christians.

        After five years, Bonifacio left the Fleming company and joined a German firm named Carlos
    Fressel & Company. He worked there as a bodeguero and supply clerk. He was paid twelve
    pesos a month. By 1892 he was promoted to sales agent.

        Bonifacio took great care to dress neatly and well even though he couldn’t afford to have
    stylish clothes. According to a close friend, Andres always wore an open coat with a matching
    necktie and black hat. Rain or shine, he always carried an umbrella.