| There were two
important women in Bonifacio’s life. His
first wife – a neighbor from Palomar named Monica – died
of leprosy. He met his second wife when he was a 29-year
old widower. Her name was Gregoria de Jesus.
Gregoria was a beautiful
girl of 18 from Kalookan. Like
Gregoria de Jesus
Andres and Gregoria were
married twice. Their first wedding was held in Binondo
Church in March 1894. They were married again a week later in a house in Sta. Cruz.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Katipunan. That evening Gregoria de Jesus
became a member of the women’s chapter of the Katipunan. Her code name was "Lakangbini"
(Goddess or Muse).
Andres and Gregoria had a
baby boy. They named him Andres and he was their only child.
On Holy Week of 1896, a fire destroyed their nipa-roofed house in Sta. Cruz. Homeless, the
couple and their baby were forced to live in one house after another. The loss of their home was
followed by an even greater loss, when young Andres died of smallpox.