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Significant in Philippine History: 126th Anniversary of the Battle of Alapan

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IMUS, Cavite — The City Government of Imus marked the National Flag Day and the 126th Anniversary of the Battle of Alapan with a momentous event: the unveiling of the Battle of Alapan Monument.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Alapan Rotunda in Brgy. Alapan II-B, officials from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and local government representatives gathered to witness this historic occasion.

The monument, a testament to courage and sacrifice, was revealed amidst a sense of reverence. Social realism artist and sculptor Matthius B. Garcia shared his inspiration behind the creation of this significant memorial.

Following the unveiling, a short parade led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and city officials proceeded to the Dambana ng Pambansang Watawat at Imus Heritage Park. City Councilor Atty. Wency Lara led the Pledge to the Philippine Flag during the simultaneous flag-raising ceremony.

NHCP’s newly-elected Chairperson, Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Inang Laya monument. Also present were Provincial Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” C. Remulla Jr., Cavite Third District Representative Congressman Adrian Jay “AJ” C. Advincula, and Imus City Mayor Alex “AA” L. Advincula.

Cong. AJ extended a warm welcome to Chairperson Guerrero Nakpil, a distinguished public historian, curator, and writer. Her inspiring message emphasized the historical significance of the Battle of Alapan and the enduring spirit of liberty.

Mayor AA concluded the program by awarding the “Key to the City of Imus” to Chairperson Guerrero Nakpil. The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Harmonic Voices provided a memorable performance, underscoring the importance of this commemoration.

The Battle of Alapan, fought on May 28, 1898, marked the Filipinos’ first victory against the Spaniards. This pivotal moment eventually led to the proclamation of Philippine Independence and nationhood on June 12, 1898.

The event also inaugurated the National Flag Days, observed from May 28 to June 12, 2024, under the theme “Kalayaan. Kinabukasan. Kasaysayan.” (Independence. Future. History.), as stipulated by Executive Order No. 179, s. 1994.

The NHCP confirms that Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo formally unfurled the new National Flag in May 1898 at Teatro Caviteño, Cavite City, honoring the valor of Filipino forces in the Battle of Alapan.

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