If the Province of Aklan has a revolutionary hero named General Francisco del Castillo, the Province of Antique has General Leandro Locsin Fullon. He was born in the storied coastal town of Hamtic, Antique on March 13, 1877.
Although the independence from Madre España was already proclaimed in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1998, the Philippine Revolution continued in the Visayas. Together with Generals Martin Delgado and Ananias Diokno, General Leandro Fullon, the commanding officer of the Visayan forces, was sent by General Emilio Aguinaldo to liberate the island.
The independence proved to be short-lived, if not an anomaly, as the Filipino-American War commenced nearly a year after. General Fullon joined in the new campaign for liberty and independence. His struggle did not last long however. In March 1901, General Fullon, together with his officers and soldiers, surrendered to the Americans.
On April 13, 1901, the Philippine Commission extended the provisions of Act No. 83 or otherwise known as The Provincial Government Act of 1901 creating the Province of Antique by virtue of Act No. 114. General Fullon served as the civil governor of Antique until his death on October 16, 1904.
On the occasion of his 137th birth anniversary, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines unveiled the General Leandro Fullon National Shrine in front of Hamtic Town Hall on March 13, 2004.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.