Gabriela Cariño Silang was a Filipina revolutionary leader best known as the first female leader of a Filipino movement for independence from Spain. She took over the revolution after her husband’s assassination. She is considered a national hero and often is referred to as the ‘Joan of Arc of Ilocandia;’. She led the Ilocano rebel movement uprisings against the Spanish Empire, which went on for four months before she was captured and executed by the colonial government of the Spanish East Indies. Silang is remembered as a powerful and committed leader, who stood up for her people.