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General Mariano Alvarez, man of great courage and brilliance, which ignited and led the uprising against the Spaniards in Cavite was born on March 15, 1818 at Noveleta, Cavite.  He was the son of SEVERINO ALVAREZ and MARIA MALIA.  At the age of ten, he started his education under the tutorship of the Spanish friars.  He pursued his studies at San Jose College in Manila.  While studying, he was able to compose and expose literary works especially lyric poetry, depicting the cruelty and ruthlessness of invaders.  This greatly influenced his attitude towards the Spanish invaders in his own country.

He finished a course in education and started to practice his profession in the towns  of Naic and Maragondon in 1863.  He married NICOLASA VIRATA Y. DEL ROSARIO of a well-to-do family in Imus and their marriage was blessed with a male child named “SANTIAGO” who also became a well known fearless general who fought side by side during the Spanish Revolution.