KATIPUNAN. A secret revolutionary society founded by Andres Bonifacio on July 7, 1892. Its full name was Kataastaasan Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng Mga Anak ng Bayan (Highest and Most Respected Association of the Sons of the Country), and was known by its initials K. K. K. or Katipunan. When the Spanish authorities discovered its existence in 1896, the organization had already enlisted 1000,000 members. Bonifacio assembled a military force at Balintawak on August 23, 1896, told his men to tear up their cedulas (poll tax documents), the symbols of Spanish tyranny, and declared the start of the rebellion. The “Cry of Balintawak” signaled the end of Spanish rule in the Philippines.
Taken from Artemio R. Guillermo and May Kyi Win. Historical Dictionary of the Philippines. Asian / Oceanian Historical Dictionaries, No. 24. (Lanham, Maryland and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1997), p. 126.