8th Dia de Gen. Vicente Alvarez set on May 18 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2016 13:29

The City Government has set a series of activities on Wednesday, May 18 in commemoration of Dia de Gen. Vicente Alvarez in honor of Zamboangueño revolutionary hero Gen. Vicente Alvarez who led the fight for sovereignty resulting to the surrender of Spanish forces in 1899 at Fort Pilar.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with relatives of the Zamboangueno hero will spearhead the simple yet meaningful event institutionalized through 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 Alvarez’ feats.

The event will kick off with a commemorative mass at 7am at the Fort Pilar Shrine followed by a program at the Plaza Vicente Alvarez at 8am. The commemorative rites will culminate with the 1st neo-ethnic dance competition set at 9am at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.

Dia de General Vicente Alvarez marks the day when Alvarez led the fight for sovereignty resulting to the surrender of Spanish forces led by Gov. General Diego de los Rios on May 18, 1899 at Fort Pilar. It is now the 8th year since the commemoration was institutionalized.

The observance is intended to drum up awareness on the contributions and the heroism of Gen. Vicente Alvarez.

The activity forms part of the 2016 Summer Festival activities in Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias