was a secret society founded in the Philippines
by Andres Bonifacio
aimed towards liberating the country from the Spanish
colonizers. This group later become the core of the Revolutionary Philippine Army
. The name Katipunan is actually a shorter version of the official name, which is in Tagalog
: Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan
(roughly translated as Exalted and Venerable Society of the Sons of the Nation
). The Katipunan is also known by its acronym, KKK
. The word katipunan
is a Tagalog term for society
, the root word being the verb tipon
, which means to gather
Members of the society are bound by utmost secrecy. The final initiation rights to become a member involve writing their name in their own blood in a book.
Some notable Katipuneros include, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Gregorio del Pilar.