CASIANA NACIONALES, aka GERONIMA OF BALANGIGA
The historic life of Casiana Nacionales, also known as the Geronima of Balangiga, is chronicled by the Leyte-Samar Historical Society, most pertinently in Glenda Lynne Tibe-Bonifacio’s “Deconstructing Maria in Geronima: The Balangiga Story.” As Professor Tibe-Bonifacio notes, Casiana was a “lay prayer leader and the lone woman privy to the Balangiga plot.” On the plaque of the plaza in Balangiga registering revolutionary names, her feminine struggle is solitary. However, the ghosts of the washing women, cooks, gihay sweepers, water carriers, and so on who helped the men survive lie behind her august name. Women in war salute you with tears in their eyes, Casiana Nacionales! And kudos and bravo to you, Leyte-Samar Historical Society! Keep it up!