Beng leads Dia de Gen. Alvarez PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 09:39

City officials led by Mayor Beng Climaco will lead today, May 18, the observance of Dia di Gen. Vicente Alvarez, the only Zamboangueno revolutionary hero, whose gallantry led to the surrender of Spanish soldiers in 1899.

The simple yet meaningful ceremony will begin with the wreath laying ceremony at 7:30am at the Plaza de Gen. Vicente Alvarez in front of Plaza Pershing to be followed by the commemorative program at 8am in front of City Hall.

Relatives of the late Gen. Alvarez are expected to grace the occasion and to give messages.

Highlight of the commemoration will be the exhibit of winning entries in the photo essay competition launched to capture and showcase examples of the impact and mark of Alvarez’ life of bravery and valor in everyday acts and situations in the city. The contest is themed “Footprints of the General: Bravery in the Face of Adversity for Positive Revolutions of Change.”

The commemorative mass is set at 5pm today at the Fort Pilar Shrine.

The observance of Dia di General Vicente Alvarez is pursuant to City Ordinance  334 naming Plaza Roma situated at the Corner of Don Pablo Lorenzo St., Zaragoza St., and Gen. Alvarez St. as Plaza Vicente S. Alvarez and setting May 18 of every year as Dia de Gen. Vicente S. Alvarez in recognition of his feats.

Displeased by the brutalities committed against the Filipino people particularly in the city of Zamboanga, Gen. Vicente and his men realized the need for all Filipinos to join the fight for our sovereignty. On May 18, 1899, after fierce fighting, Fort Pilar – the seat of the Spanish government in Zamboanga – fell and the Spanish forces led by Governor-General Diego delos Rios surrendered to Gen. Alvarez. — Sheila E. Covarrubias