Born in Jaro, Iloilo, on December 18, 1856.A Filipino Journalist and Orator Revolutionist from Iloilo And was famous for his written work the “La Solidaridad”. Sonof Placido López (a general rapairman) and Maria Jacoba Jaena (a seamstress).
Atthe age of 18 he had the audacity to write the story Although it was not published a copy circulated in the region but the Friars could not prove that López Jaena was the author.
There he was to become a leading literary and oratorical spokesman for the cause of Filipino freedom Historians regard López Jaena, along with Marcelo del Pilar and José Rizal, as the triumvirate of Filipino propagandists
Once Rizal reproached Lopéz Jaena for not finishing his medical studies. Graciano replied." "On the shoulders of slaves should not rest a doctors cape.“ Rizal countermanded , , "The shoulders do not honor the doctors cape, but the doctors cape honors the shoulders."
In addition he is remembered for his literary contributions to the propaganda movement. He founded the fortnightly newspaper, (Solidarity). created in 1888 in SpaIN to represent and advocate the Filipino cause at the Spanish parliament. Headed by Dr. Ljose rizals cousin, Galicano ApacibLE , it also issued a newspaper of the same name which was published in Barcelona between 1889 and 1895.
Several writers contributed to La Solidaridad over its six years of existence, like Antonio Luna Anastacio Carpio, Mariano Ponce, Antonio M.a Regidor, José M.a Panganiban, Isabelo delos Reyes, Eduardo de Lete, José Alejandrino, and Pedro Paterno. One of the most prolific contributors though was Rizals confidante Ferdinand Blumentritt, whose impassioned defense of the Filipino interests was said to have been inspirational to the other writers and the readers of the newspaper alike.
He died of Tuberculosis on January 20, 1896. HisDeath was followed on July 4th by Marcelo H. del Pilar and, on December 30th of jose Rizal by firing squad. Twoand a half years before the declaration of independence from Spain by Emilio Aguinaldo. Had he lived longer, his accomplishments would have doubtless been greater.
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