Zambo pays tribute to General Alvarez PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:10


Zamboangueños representing the different sectors paid tribute to Gen. Vicente Alvarez with fitting ceremonies Monday, May 18, marking the day when Spanish forces surrendered after several days of fierce fighting at Fort Pilar, making Zamboanga the last bastion of Spanish rule.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who led the series of activities, extolled Alvarez for standing pat in defense of Zamboanga against the Spaniards in 1899 which earned him the distinction as the only Zamboangueno revolutionary hero, whose gallantry led to the surrender of Spanish soldiers. “Today we are again undergoing another revolution, a revolution that wants to annex or add the city to the Bangsamoro territory. As your mayor I find inspiration in the courage and bravery of Gen. Alvarez and with one voice, we say, Zamboanga City should never and will never be part of the BBL.”

Zamboangueños, in this trying times, according to Climaco, must stand in bravery for a positive revolution of change under one flag, one nation, one constitution and only one Republic of the Philippines.

“May the courage, bravery and heroism of Gen. Alvarez inspire us to make positive revolution of change for the better in our lives,” the mayor added in her brief message during the program that followed the wreathlaying rites at the Plaza de Gen. Alvarez.

Alvarez relatives, Myrna Alvarez Alimbullo, Georgina de los Reyes and Ruben Alvarez Arevalo thanked the City Government for spearheading the annual commemoration of the Dia de Gen. Vicente Alvarez.

“On behalf of the Alvarez family, with pride and honor, we express thanks to the City Government and all the participants in the series of activities held in honor of our great grandfather. May peace progress and unity will continue to prevail in Zamboanga City,” Arevalo said in his response.

Highlight of the commemoration was the photo essay competition on the theme

“Footprints of the General: Bravery in the Face of Adversity for Positive Revolutions of Change.” The contest aims to capture and showcase examples of the impact and mark of Alvarez’s life of bravery and valor in everyday acts and situations in Zamboanga City. A mass was held in Alvarez’ honor late Monday afternoon at the Fort Pilar Shrine.

Present during the commemoration were Councilor VP Elago, Gen. Emeraldo Magnaye, PNP-9 Deputy Director PCSupt. Ramon Ochotorena, City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro, City Fire Marshall Col. Dominador Zabala Jr., representatives from the Coast Guard, military, national government agencies, local government officials and employees, schools, barangays and other sectors. —Sheila Covarrubias