The Battle of Tirad Pass, also referred to as the "Philippine Thermopylae", was a battle in the Philippine-American War fought on December 2, 1899, in northern Luzon in the Philippines, in which 60 outgunned and outnumbered Filipino soldiers commanded by 24-year old Brigadier General Gregorio del Pilar succumbed to around 300-500 Americans of the 33rd Infantry Regiment, while delaying the American advance to ensure President Emilio Aguinaldo's escape from invading American forces.
Gregorio Del Pilar was born in San Jose, Bulacan, on Nov 14, 1875 to an illustrious ilustrado (middle class) family. In his early years, he aided his uncle, Marcelo H. del Pilar, in distributing his anti-friar writings. He was a member of the revolutionary forces in Bulacan even when he was studying at the Ateneo de Municipal. When the revolution broke out on Aug 30, 1896, he joined the forces of Heneral Dimabunggo (Eusebio Roque). In the battle at Kakarong de Sili, Pandi, Bulacan, on Jan 1…
Dec. 27, 1897: Emilio Aguinaldo and 36 other Filipino rebel leaders arrive in Dagupan, Pangasinan Province, in a railcar. From left: Gregorio del Pilar, Wenceslao Viniegra, Emilio Aguinaldo and Vito Belarmino. At extreme right is Pedro Paterno, who mediated the Pact of Biyak-na-Bato. From Dagupan, the exiles proceeded to the port of Sual, Pangasinan, where they boarded the merchant steamer SS Uranus; bound for HongKong
MUARA,Saturday 5 April 2014 - Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) arrived in Brunei Darussalam for 4-day Goodwill Visit.The 115m ship commanded by Commander Joe Anthony Orbe with crew of 124 which will depart on 8 April 2014.PF-15 1 of 2 Hamilton-class recently acquired by Philippines from US.Commissioned by Philippine Navy December 2011.It was 2nd ship named after revolutionary General Gregorio Del Pilar,hero of Battle of Tirad Pass.