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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Albay honors General Ola’s 150th birth anniversary

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 3 (PIA) – Officials of the municipal government of Guinobatan led the celebration for the 150th birth anniversary of the late General Simeon Arboleda Ola, the Albayano hero who led the Bicolanos’ fight for freedom and the last revolutionary general to surrender at the end of the Philippine-American war.

September 2 was declared as a special non-working day in Albay to give full oppurtunity for the people in the province to participate in the celebration.

Guinobatan mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco led the simple program paying tribute to the general along with local officials and representatives from various government agencies and non-government organizations laying wreath on his shrine in his hometown Guinobatan.

Dr. Erlinda Ola Casan, a granddaughter of the late general, expressed her gratitude to the Albayanos for remembering Ola’s heroism noting that she is hoping for all generations to emulate his bravery, honesty and integrity.

The Museo de Guinobatan was also formally opened featuring Ola’s belongings and artifacts.

Ola was born on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda.

Historians said Ola was highly regarded in Guinobatan, being the teniente de cuadrillos and a trusted confidant of Father Carlos Cabido, the parish priest of his town. These positions helped him carry out his revolutionary works – recruiting men and acquiring firearms for the revolutionary army.

In April 1898, he fought in the battle of Camalig. General Vito Belarmino, the Zone Commander of the Revolutionary Forces in the Bicol Region, designated him the rank of a Captain.

On January 23, 1900, he was promoted Major after he successfully effected military operations. In February that same year, his troops fought against the Americans in Arimbay, Legaspi.

Ola became a marked man to the Americans but later surrendered with the condition that his men would be granted amnesty.

He was put on trial and was proven guilty of sedition and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

He was given pardon in 1904 and returned to his hometown. In 1910 he entered politics and won as town mayor of Guinobatan for two terms.

The Albayano general died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery at his hometown.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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