244th death anniversary of Gabriela Silang remembered
By Freddie G. Lazaro
SANTA, Ilocos Sur (October 5) -- Local residents have commemorated the 244 death anniversary of Maria Josefa Gabriela Carino – Silang at Sitio Pideg, Barangay Marcos District, Santa, Ilocos Sur.
Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano and Santa town Mayor Jeremy Jesus Bueno lead last September 30, 2007 the local officials and residents in a floral offering at the foot of the historical marker of Diego and Gabriela Silang and a groundbreaking ceremony of the site for construction of the statue of Gabriela Silang.
Savellano told Thursday that the commemoration of the death anniversary of Gabriela Silang is very significant to remind the Filipinos about the rule of the Ilocanos in achieving the country's independence during the Spanish period.
"This would promote and strengthen our tourism industry through our eco-histourism program by utilizing this historical site that show the love of country, the courage of the Ilocanos in fighting our independence during the Spanish era," he said.
He asked the residents to research more biographical sketch of Gabriela Silang to be put up in publications and souvenirs for the tourist should know.
"Tourism means jobs. When this history will be put up in souvenirs, our tourist, who would visit the place, would probably encourage buying it, in which, we will now realize the creation of jobs for our local residents and we probably generates income and revenues," Savellano explained.
For his part, Mayor Bueno disclosed that the deeds of Gabriela Silang were challenge to each and everyone in the municipality.
"Gabriela Silang is a great model to all of us, especially to women. Her exploit during the Spanish era is to fight the independence. But this time, I'll challenge our women to continue the deeds of Gabriela Silang not to fight for independence but to fight poverty in relation to his battlecry for Santa town - "Paspas Santa," Bueno said.
In the Philippine history, Maria Josefa Gabriela Carino - Silang, who was born on March 19, 1731 at Sitio Caniogan, Barangay Mabilbilla, Santa, Ilocos Sur, was the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. She was captured by the Spanish soldiers on September 29, 1763 in Sitio Pideg, Barangay Marcos District, Santa town, four months after the death of her husband Diego Silang, a revolutionary leader, on May 28, 1763 after a series of battles when she replaced her husband in leading the Ilocanos in the revolt. She was hanged and was killed with his Uncle Nicolas and seven other men in Vigan's plaza.
The historical place, which was called as the "Pasong Diego and Gabriel Silang, was earlier made by the Franciscan friars in 1600 and was also used by revolutionary leader, Andres Malong, during his uprising in 1600. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]