|President 'Erap' Leads Centennial
WAR CENTENNIAL. President 'Erap' Estrada and Vice President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo lead wreath-laying ceremony in front of a marker at San
Juan Bridge where the Filipino-American War broke out 100 years ago [February
4, 1899]. The affair was attended by United States Ambassador Thomas
Hubbard and Philippine government officials led by Defense Secretary Orlando
Mercado, Tourism Secretary Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Rep. Jose Mari Gonzales,
Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, and San Juan Mayor 'Jingoy' Estrada. (Photo
by Rudy Liwanag). Manila Bulletin, February 5, 1999.
Republic of the Philippines
EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION
FEBRUARY 1, 1999.
Resolution No. 99-35
A Resolution To Comemmorate the
4th of February of Every Year
(Sponsored by Hon. Asterio N.
"WHEREAS, February 4, 1999 marks the centennary of the outbreak of the Philippine-American War, otherwise known as the "Philippine War for Independence (1899-1902);"
"WHEREAS, the Independence War was the main part of the independence struggle of the Filipino people a century ago, which, unfortunately is almost entirely forgotten in our historical struggle for self-rule;"
"WHEREAS the celebration of the Philippine Independence (Declaration) Day is never complete without remembering the Independence War;"
"WHEREAS, the Independence Declaration Day is inseparable to the Independence War as the true symbol of the independence struggle of the Filipino people;"
"WHEREAS, the province of Bohol has contributed it share in the popular struggle for Philippine Independence with the town of ANTEQUERA contributing a role;"
"WHEREAS, concerned Boholanos in the likes of Engr. Rene N. Sumodobila, Engr. Jes B. Tirol, Atty. Simplicio M. Apalisok and several others, have expressed their interest and in fact, have initiative moves to give due importance and honor to this particular chapter in Philippine history which has been overlooked and relegated to the back pages of our historical records;"
"BE IT RESOLVED, by the Sangguniang Bayan of Antequera, Bohol in regular session assembled --"
"RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished to concerned government agencies and to other parties fortheir information and reference;"
I hereby certify to the correctness of the above-quoted
|[ Note: During the Independence War (1899-1902), the Americans burned the original church of Antequera as a punitive measure against the "insurrectos." After the burning, the Americans maintained a garrison of troops and weapons in Antequera to contain the "insurrectos" who were heavily concentrated in Agbunan (now San Isidro) and Catigbian. ]|
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