The Negros Occidental provincial government will honor five outstanding Negrenses on November 5 when the province celebrates the 118 th Cinco de Noviembre anniversary.
To be honored this year are Cecile Nava for education and literature, Anna Balcells for humanitarian and civic work, Ramon Peñalosa for environmental protection advocacy through organic farming;
Federico Barredo who produces organic wine for entrepreneurship, and Erik Charles Matti, a multi-awarded director, for cinematic arts, Ian de Ramos, head of the Special Projects and Concerns Division of the Negros Occidental provincial government, said.
The awarding rites will start at 4 p.m. on November 5 at the Social Hall of the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, he said.
Cinco de Noviembre is the commemoration of the historical event on Nov. 5, 1898, when the Negrenses rose in revolt against the Spanish authorities in the province headed by politico-military governor Col. Isidro de Castro. The Spaniards decided to surrender upon seeing armed troops marching towards Bacolod.
The marching revolutionists, led by Gen. Juan Araneta from Bago and Gen. Aniceto Lacson from Silay, were actually carrying fake arms consisting of rifles carved out of palm fronds and cannons of rolled bamboo mats painted black. By the afternoon of November 6, Col. De Castro signed the Act of Capitulation, thus ending the Spanish rule in Negros Occidental.
This event is celebrated in Negros Occidental every November 5 as the day the Negrenses bluffed the Spaniards to attain their freedom. November 5 has been declared a special non-working holiday in the province through Republic Act No. 6709 signed by President Corazon Aquino on Feb. 10, 1989.*CPG
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