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November 15, 1895, the La Solidaridad Stopped Publication

On November 15, 1895, the La Solidaridad, the radical and reformist Filipino newspaper stopped publication due to insufficiency of funds.

The La Solidaridad newspaper was created on February 15, 1889 in Barcelona, Spain. It served as the principal organ of the propaganda movement of the same name, La Solidaridad for over five years.

In November 1889, del Pilar succeeded Lopez-Jaena as the editor of the reformists’ bi-monthly paper, La Solidaridad, until its closure on 15 November 1895.

In its first editorial, Graciano López Jaena outlines the publication’s aspirations to compile progressive and liberal ideas and to promote the ideal of democracy while exposing the ills plaguing Spain and all its provinces. He emphasized that the La Solidaridad will especially focus on affairs relevant to the Philippines, which lacks representation in the Spanish Cortes.

Among the Filipino writers who contributed to the newspaper were:

  • Marcelo H. del Pilar (as Plaridel)
  • Jose Rizal (as Laong Laan)
  • Mariano Ponce (as Naning, Kalipulako, Tikbalang)
  • Antonio Luna (as Taga-Ilog)
  • José Ma. Panganiban (as Jomapa)
  • Pedro Paterno
  • Antonio Ma. Regidor
  • Isabelo de los Reyes
  • Eduardo de Lete
  • Jose Alejandrino

Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, the Austrian friend of Dr. Jose Rizal, also wrote for the paper.

Marcelo H. del Pilar in the farewell editorial said: We are persuaded that no sacrifices are too little to win the rights and the liberty of a nation that is oppressed by slavery.


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