Marcela Agoncillo

The wife of Don Felipe Agoncillo, Dona Marcela, also known as “Roselang Bubog” is best known as the maker of the first Philippine flag that was unfurled at the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.

Born from one of Taal’s oldest and most respected families, she was educated in a Catholic convent school, which in those days emphasized sewing and arts in the curriculum for girls. In 1898, while in exile in Hong Kong with her husband and children, she received orders from General Emilio Aguinaldo to make the flag, a task she welcomed as an opportunity to serve her motherland. With the design finally made, she started her task of sewing with meticulous care with the help of Delfina Natividad (Rizal’s niece) and her daughter, Lorenza.

Marcela died on May 30, 1946, at 80 years old.