Press Release
March 10, 2015

Historical past keeps the flame of nationalism alive --- Villar

Senator Cynthia A. Villar yesterday said reminding the people of our historical past will keep the flame of nationalism alive. Speaking during the formal unveiling of the New Zapote Battlefield Marker, Villar said it is important to remember and preserve the cultural and historical significance of a place amid the fast changing times.

The unveiling, sponsored by Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) and the National Historical Commission (NHC), commemorates the 118th Anniversary of the 1897 Battle of Zapote Bridge in Las Piñas City.

The first Battle of Zapote Bridge fought on February 16, 1897 was one of the turning points of the Philippine Revolution of 1897.

"For the residents of our city, and the Filipinos in general, it is important to learn the aspects of our history," said Villar. She urged the youth to know their history to be proud of being Filipinos. She told them to continue researching and studying the history of our country.

"I also encourage you to get inspiration from the life and times of our national heroes, including those who fought in the Battle of Zapote," said Villar.

She particularly acknowledged the heroism and bravery of Gen. Edilberto Evangelista, who along with Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, led Filipino revolutionary forces in the battle with 3,000 American soldiers.

Villar noted that she and her husband, former Senate President Manny Villar, and the local government of Las Piñas, have been exerting efforts to preserve the cultural at historical heritage of Las Piñas.

She related that when her husband was still congressman, he pushed for enactment into law of Republic Act 8003 which declared the old barangays section of our city as the Las Piñas Historical Corridor.

She said the cultural-historical program is aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of Las Piñas, providing opportunity to visitors and future generations to learn about or from our history and enhancing the tourist appeal of our city.

"And these goals were realized. And now, another structure has been added to mark the historical value of our city. Hopefully, the Molino Dam will also be recognized," said the senator.

The formal unveiling of the New Zapote Battlefield Marker was led by the senator, Rep. Mark Villar and National Historical Commission chairman Dr. Maria Serena Diokno.

The congressman delivered the welcome remarks while Diokno gave a special message. The unveiling was followed by the Las Piñas National High School (Main) students' reenactment of the Battle of Zapote Bridge.

Prior to the unveiling, there was a ribbon cutting of the Museo de San Ezekiel Moreno at the Molino Dam. This was followed by the Drum and Lyre competition for public elementary schools, and grand parade from Molino Dam to Zapote Bridge.

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