Three events will give impetus to the 116th Cinco de Noviembre celebration
today in Negros Occidental.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. will lead the activities at 7:45 am flag raising
ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park, where a short program will
be held. Prayer lead by Negros Occidental singing Ambassadors, Pambansang Awit
by the NOHS Brass Band, 303rd Infantry Brigade and Negros Occidental Singing
Ambassadors; a short presentation on Cinco de Noviembre by USLS MassKara Theater
Ensemble; Gov. Marañon to deliver a message and turn-over provincial funded
projects to respective recipients by the Government, Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson
with the provincial officials and department heads.
This will be followed by the Heroes March at 9:00 a.m. from the Lagoon to the
Bacolod Public Plaza where a commemorative program for the heroes rally will be
held. The march will be led by the 303rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army under
Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer. It will be started with the rationale by Mr.
Roque Hofileña who will present the significance of November 5 in the lives of
Negrenses, then messages from Francesca Santiago, Grade 8 student, USLS, and
Sherlie Anne Sancho, Grade 6, Dalison Elem. School, EB Magalona, Negros Occ.
followed by ecumenical prayer from different religious aggrupations, and unity
dance of Gawad Kalingaw dance troupe.
In third event is the Pasidungog program at the Capitol Social Hall where
Gov. Marañon assisted by Vice Gov. Lacson will present an award to the Negrense
Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. lead by Ms Millie Kilayko.
According to the Governor, the foundation has been doing a lot for the people
of Negros Occidental even before typhoon Yolanda. They have constructed school
buildings, distributed relief goods and fishing boats to Yolanda victims, and a
Considering that 116 years ago, Negros was liberated from the Spanish
invaders when the two Negrense generals tricked the enemies by using improvised
cannons that led to the surrender of Spanish soldiers. From Bago City, the late
General Juan Araneta, and from Silay City, the late General Aniceto Lacson led
the revolt. They marched from their respective places to the public plaza of
Bacolod City where the commander of the Spanish soldiers surrendered.