The City Government of Imus, Cavite Province, led by Mayor Emmanuel “Manny” Maliksi, commemorated this morning the 122nd anniversary of the Katipunan’s siege of Imus, more famously known as the Battle of Imus, that occurred from 1–3 September 1896. The said battle is considered as the first major encounter between the Katipunan rebels led by Emilio Aguinaldo and Imus’s very own José Tagle versus the Spanish colonial government helmed by then Governor-General Ramón Blanco.
The austere event began at the Imus Cathedral (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar) where Mass was celebrated by none other than Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (great grandson of José). A flag-raising ceremony followed afterwards at the nearby Imus Sports Complex attended by all employees, public servants, and peace-keeping officers of the city hall. The city’s top government leaders gave inspiring speeches. The most interesting was that of Mayor Manny’s as he became a historian of sorts that day. Click on the following photo below to watch his very interesting, trivia-laced speech.
After the speeches, we all proceeded to the 161-year-old Bridge of Isabel II (Puente de Isabel II), a heritage site. It is where the Battle of Imus had its climax. Historian Emmanuel Calairo, Director of the Cavite Studies Center, gave a brief speech about the significance of the site. Click on the photo below to watch his speech and the offering of flowers at the bridge to commemorate the fallen fighters, both Katipuneros and government troops.
I’ll be blogging more about this very soon. Stay tuned.