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Ramon Abella

19 July 2010

Ramon Abella was born in Nueva Caceres, Ambos Camarines, Philippines to Manuel Pinzon Abella and an unknown woman.

Fernando Po Island

On 16 September 1896, he was among several prominent citizens were arrested and indicted for rebellion.  On 02 November 1896, two months before his father Manuel and brother Domingo were martyred in Bagumbayan.  Manwhile, Ramon, together with Mariano Araña, was sentenced to exile in Fernando Po Island, a Spanish penal colony on the western coast of Africa, where he reportedly died.  This island is now Bioko, a territory of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

There are conflicting accounts surrounding his death.  Some report that Ramon, subjected to a regimen of hard labor and a diet of rice, condensed milk and rancid bacon, died in exile between 1897 and 1898 in his island prison.  An alternative account from fellow-exile General Ludovico Arejola, reports that Ramon Abella died much later in Cartagena, Spain, after a general pardon to political exiles was granted on 5 February 1898.

Ramon Isaac Abella’s Family Tree can be found on

Research Notes

1. Ataviado, Juan T. “The Philippine Revolution in the Bicol Region”. Page 18.
2. Barameda, Jose V. ‘’The Bicol Martyrs of 1896 revisited” on Bicol Mail. Date published: 15 January 2008. Date accessed: 26 May 2010.
3. “Correcting Bicol History and Remembering the Bicolano (and Filipino) Heroes Exiled to Africa”.  Mabuhay Radio.  Date published:  20 September 2009.  Date accessed: 25 July 2010.
4.  “Naga to Celebrate 109th year of Fifteen Bicol Martyrs“.  The Official Site of Naga.  Date published: 29 December 2005
5.  Ocampo, Ambeth.  “Fifteen Martyrs of Bicol“.  Philippines Daily Inquirer.  Date published: 17 Jan 2007.  Date accessed:  25 July 2010. [Now off-line.]
6.  “111th Commemoration of Bikol Martyrs“. Planet Naga. Date published: 03 Janaury 2008. Date accessed: 25 July 2010.  [Now off-line.]

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