Gregorio del Pilar y Sempio was born 140 years ago today, the 14th of November of 1875 in Bulakan, Bulacan. He is 1/4 Chinese as his maternal grandfather is a full-blooded Chinese. This is based on the records found of his uncles and aunts, which indicates Jose Sempio (grandfather) as Sangley Christiano, born in Fujian, China.
The “Boy General” was so called because he was one of the youngest to have earned that rank at 22 years old. He studied at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1896. Arguably one of the most celebrated heroes of the Philippine Revolution, del Pilar and his life story is rumored to be the subject of the next film by the same team that produced the blockbuster movie Heneral Luna.