The Murder of Liliosa Hilao (1973)

In 1973, with martial law in effect in the country, 23-year old Communication Arts student and writer Liliosa Hilao died at the hands of the Philippine Constabulary. But as tragic as this was, she became a martyr, inspiring many other Filipinos to fight back against dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ regime, eventually restoring democracy to the nation.

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Episode researched and co-written by Kayla De Leon


Music: “This House” and “Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin MacLeod (

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