National hero, Don Gregorio, was born on September 8, 1876. After graduating from the University of Sto. Thomas, he joined the revolution and was later exiled in Hong Kong for over seven years with Emilio Aguinaldo and other revolutionaries. When he returned to the Philippines, he introduced innovative farming practices and catapulted the economy to new heights with the launching of the modernization program of the sugar cane industry, then made through trapeche, a crude sugar mill. As one of the largest land owners, he also donated parcels of land for schools and supported several charitable institutions. Gregorio Agoncillo also served as the director of the Philippine National Bank.