MAGGIE LEONES, LIONESS OF PHILIPPINE GUERILLA SPIES,
HONORED BY THE PHILIPPINE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION DURING HER BURIAL
Magdalena Leones, who recently passed away last 16 June 2016 at the age of 95, died an American citizen but was a true daughter of the mountains of Kalinga. She was buried on 12 July 2016, with full military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani after an 8:00 AM memorial service at the Manila American World War II Memorial.
Leones exhibited the big role of women in defending our freedoms. A role highlighted by the Philippine Historical Association in a documentary they produced with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office entitled “Mapalad ang Inyong Mga Apo: Sulat Para Kay Lolo at Lola Beterano” in which her name was memorialized.
During the service, Corporal Magdalena Leones was honored by a resolution by the Philippine Historical Association, “to recognize the heroism of Magdalena Leones, and to proliferate her life and deeds among its membership composed of teachers and historians. And in doing so, they may be able to teach her inspiring story to the younger generation and to restore her as one of the known heroes of our nation.” The resolution also extended its condolences to her family and loved ones. The resolution was signed by the president of the association, Professor Emmanuel Franco Calairo, Ph.D. and was attested by its secretary, Prof. Jonathan Capulas Balsamo. It was read during the service by the Assistant Public Relations Officer by the Association, Prof. Gloria Melencio.
A news article on the life of Magdalena Leones was released by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Xiao Chua, through the GMA News site.