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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/17 May 2009 by Sheila Covarrubias–Mayor Celso Lobregat will lead on Monday the unveiling of the dedicatory board in honor of Gen. Vicente Alvarez, renowned to be the most colorful hero that Zamboanga City ever produced in all the 265 years of Spanish regime in Zambonaga.
The dedicatory billboard is established at Plaza Roma, right in front of Plaza Pershing near the historic City Hall. The unveiling ceremony will be held immediately after the flag raising ceremony of city government employees at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
In the evening, a dinner in commemoration of the Zamboangueño hero will be tendered by the city government for relatives of the fallen general and other important guests.
The ceremony is a fulfilment of Ordinance 334 approved by the City Council on July 3, 2008 naming Plaza Roma situated at the corner of Don Pablo Lorenzo St., Zaragoza St. and Gen. V. Alvarez St. as “Plaza Vicente S. Alvarez”.
The ordinance also stipulates the conduct of a celebration at the Plaza Vicente S. Alvarez May 18 of every year “to commemorate the event and heroism of the said day of victory against the Spanish colonizers last May 18, 1899.
Gen. Alvarez was born on April 5, 1862 in Magay and was the son of Isidora Solis and Alejo, who, like his son, was also recognized for his heroism and bravery during the Spanish regime.
Gen. Vicente Alvarez is well remembered and appreciated for leading the fight against the brutalities of the Spaniards and later the Americans in his time.
He organized the local chapter of the Philippine Revolutionary Government in Zamboanga where he was chosen the president and commander of all military forces in Basilan and in the Peninsula.
Ordinance 334 also provides for the close coordination between the city government and the National Historical Institute for the establishment of a space at the Fort Pilar where the life, pictures and memories of Gen. Alvarez and his men shall be kept and preserved for the public to appreciate and remember.
The same law also mandates all elementary and secondary schools to include in their respective curriculum, a subject or topic, concerning the acts of heroism and the lives of the men who fought the Spanish and American colonizers during this era.
The ordinance also sets aside funds for the establishment of a monument in honor of Gen. Alvarez and the conduct of May 18 activities. (Sheila Covarrubias)
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