Federico Isabelo Abaya is one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. He is now considered as one of the founders of Candon City in the Province of Ilocos Sur.
Abaya is believed to have been born in 1854 and died on May 3, 1900.
During the Philippine Revolution, he led the Espiritu de Candon, a local revolutionary group. He declared the so-called Republic of Candon after driving away the Spaniards on March 25, 1898 in what is now dubbed as Ikkis ti Candon (Cry of Candon). Later, he served under Colonel Manuel Tinio’s revolutionary forces that saw action in the Battle of Caloocan during the Philippine-American War.
Reference: filipino.biz.ph – retrieved 3-2-2019