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"Gongogong Basi Revolt 1807" wines launched as OTOP of San Ildefonso

By Freddie G. Lazaro

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur (September 19) -- Local officials and residents successfully launched the basi (native wine extracted from sugarcane) enrolled as one town one product (OTOP) of this town during the celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the historic "Basi Revolt" in Barangay Gongongong last Sunday here.

Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano, Vice Governor Jerry Singson and Congressman Ronald V. Singson led the local officials in the celebration.

Aside from the launching of the basi wine, the local officials also presented the "basi" songs to further promote the four types of basi being produced namely: the red labelled Gongongong Basi Revolt 1807, the white labelled Gongongong Basi Revolt 1807; the violet labelled Gongongong Basi Revolt 1807 and the black labelled Gongongong Basi Revolt 1807.

In the Philippine history, the "Basi Revolt," also called by the Spaniards as "Ambaristo Revolt," started in Piddig, Ilocos Norte on September 16, 1807 and ended on September 28, 1807 with a bloody battle between the Spanish soldiers and the insurgents led by Pedro Ambaristo along thre river bank of the Bantaoay River in Barangay Gongogong, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur.

The wine – loving Ilocanos rose in a revolt when the Spanish colon monopolized the manufacturing and sale of basi as well as banning private manufacturing, in which the Ilocanos were forced to buy from government stores.

San Ildefonso town Mayor Christian Purisima told that September 16 is indeed a very significant date for the residents of San Ildefonso.

"Through this "Basi Revolt," we come up with the identity of our "one town one product" (OTOP) calling it Gongongong Basi Revolt 1807," Purisima said.

"We are not only promoting the four types of "Basi Revolt 1807" wines but most importantly we are promoting tourism industry because of the historical value of the wine. The "Basi Revolt" is unique because it dramatizes the Ilocanos' love for basi, or sugarcane wine, which is actually the original wine of the Ilocanos since the time of the Galleon Trade," he added.

According to Purisima, a delicious "Basi Revolt 1807" wine will depend on the one who drink it, thus, he initiated the production of four varied taste with corresponding labels.

For his part, Governor Savellano, who was the guest speaker during the celebration, told that the celebration of the bicentennial "Basi Revolt" in the province was a manifestation of the rich historical–agricultural tourism in the province and the excellent quality of the OTOP of San Ildefonso.

To further strengthen the "basi industry" of the town, Savellano also turned over during the celebration a check amounting to P50, 000.00 for the "Basi Association of San Ildefonso (BASI)," who is in-charge in the manufacturing, labeling and marketing of the "Gongogong Basi Revolt 1807" wines.

"I am happy that our dreams to commemorate the "Basi Revolt" was already realized, Actually, I had passed a resolution in 2006 when I was then the vice governor declaring the celebration of the " Basi Revolt" every 16th of September annually," Savellano said.

Savellano said that this was the maiden celebration of the province in commemorating the "Basi Revolt" and will be observed annually starting this year.

The other significant highlights of the celebration were the celebration of a mass offered to the fallen heroes during the Basi Revolt on September 16 – 28, 1807; trade and food fair; and the signing of the two Sangguniang Bayan resolutions declaring September 16 of every year as non-working holiday in San Ildefonso in honor of the Basi Revolt and naming the road to Barangay Gongogong into Ambaristo Street in honor to the leader of the "Basi Revolt." (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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