Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar
GAT – is a title given to person who is regarded as a national hero, or to a person who has done greatness during his/her lifetime, especially during the Spanish and American occupations of the Philippines.
GAT during early times is also given to people with nobility, but not necessarily a Datu or a Rajah whowere considered leaders of a certain group or area.
Lately, this has not yet been applied to any person for a long time. Probably because we have not had a person worthy to be called a GAT or a hero.
While NInoy Aquino is considered as a national hero (I do not know where this was officially conferred to him), he has not yet been accorded the title of ‘GAT”.
jose rizal is the national hero of the philippines. gat is a title. here’s what i found it: Gat — Possibly a foreign title as Bergano lists neither gat or pamagat. Also, some of the words compounded with “Gat-” look foreign i.e., maitam in Gatmaitam may come from the Moro languages in the South. These surnames may represent the ancient marriages with nobility from Brunei and Sulu. Gat has a connotation similar to “Don” in Spanish.