She and her son, Juan Ramon, were present in the Cry of Balintawak and were witnesses to the tearing up of the cedulas. She rendered valuable service to Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the Katipunan society, by furnishing him with ideas and equipment that he used later in the revolution.
Secret meetings of the Katipuneros revolutionaries were also held at her house.
However, she was apparently literate at an early age and talented as a singer and performed at local events as well as at Mass for her Church.
She and her son, Juan Ramon, were present in the Cry of Balintawak and were witnesses to the tearing up of the cedulas. However, her husband died early into the marriage, when their youngest child was only seven years old, and she was left to care and provide for six children as a single mother.
She is best remembered for her heroics during the revolution and is memorialized in many ways in recognition of her contributions.
She lived a humble and simple life and was at all times opposed to ostentation and display in dress and manners. Tandang Sora was married to Fulgencio Ramos, a village chief in their town, and was gifted with six children.
Upon her return she once again had the happy opportunity of gathering her children and her grandchildren in the same barrio where she was brought up. The city government also declared to be Tandang Sora Year. For some time, she was confined to the Bilibid Prison.
Melchora was noticeably literate and highly intelligent at a very early age, even though she was never afforded the opportunity to go to school.
By this time, she was poor and old; yet, she remained cheerful. When the Spaniards learned that she was providing this medical care and encouragement to their enemies, they arrested Melchora and questioned her on where they might find the Katipunan leader, Andres Bonifacio.