Marcelo H. del Pilar
Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaitán (August 30, 1850 – July 4, 1896), better known by his nom-de-plume
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Plaridel, was a celebrated figure in the Philippine Revolution
Philippine Revolution
The Philippine Revolution , called the "Tagalog War" by the Spanish, was an armed military conflict between the people of the Philippines and the Spanish colonial authorities which resulted in the secession of the Philippine Islands from the Spanish Empire.The Philippine Revolution began in August...

 and a leading propagandist
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 for reforms in the Philippines
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 A master polemicist
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 in both the Tagalog
Tagalog language
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 and Spanish
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 languages, he helped the Propaganda Movement
Propaganda Movement
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 through his speeches and liberal writings on the plight of the Filipinos as a result of the abuses of the Spanish friars in the country.