THE Zamboanga City Government has lined up activities to pay tribute on Friday, May 18, to General Vicente Alvarez, a Zamboangueño revolutionary hero.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, along with local government officials and the family of Alvarez, is expected to lead the commemorative activities.
The “Dia de General Vicente Alvarez” will kick off with a commemorative mass at 6:30 a.m. at the Fort Pilar Shrine followed by a program at 7:30 a.m. at the Plaza de General Vicente Alvarez and a Neo-Ethnic Dance Competition at 8 a.m. at the City Hall grounds.
Salazar said the participating dance groups will come from different schools and organizations to compete in a neo-modified modern contemporary dance competition based on a cultural group in the city.
The mayor said the observance is intended to drum up awareness on the contributions and the heroism of Alvarez.
The “Dia de General Vicente Alvarez” was institutionalized through City Ordinance 334 naming Plaza Roma situated at the Corner of Don Pablo Lorenzo, Zaragoza, and Alvarez Street as Plaza Vicente S. Alvarez.
The ordinance also set May 18 of every year as “Dia de General Vicente S. Alvarez” in recognition of Alvarez’ feats.
It marks the day when Alvarez led the fight for sovereignty resulting to the surrender of Spanish forces led by Governor General Diego de los Rios on May 18, 1899 at Fort Pilar.
Alvarez was born in April 5, 1862 as the fifth child to Don Alejo Alvarez and Isidora Solis in Magay, this city.
Alvarez died in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte on November 4, 1942, leaving a legacy as revolutionary leader who fought foreign occupation in Zamboanga and in the Philippines. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)