Wagayway Festival in Imus – May 28 2013
(UPDATE: President Benigno Aquino III has declared May 28 a special non-working holiday in Imus, Cavite through Proclamation 581. Read it here.)
Imus Cty, Cavite will celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Battle of Alapan this May 28. The day is a special working holiday in that Southern Luzon city as stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 9091, which then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in 2001. Read the full text of RA 9091 here.
Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi (who has since been unseated) has proclaimed his city as the “Flag Capital of the Philippines.” He also designated May 28 as “Wagayway Festival Day.” It is now one of the festivals being promoted by the Department of Tourism.
The Battle of Alapan is one of the most decisive moments in the Philippine revolution of 1898 against Spain. It is General Emilio Aguinaldo’s first military victory after returning from his exile in Hong Kong. The battle, which took place in May 28, 1898, lasted for five hours. Read this for more information about the Battle of Alapan.
The Fillipinos won the said battle, and Philippine flag was unfurled by Aguinaldo for the first time Teatro Caviteno in Cavite Nuevo. This flag was sewn by Delfina Herbosa, Marcela Agoncillo, and her daughter Lorenza in Hong Kong. Hence, the nation marks its annual Flag Day every May 28. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines in fact enjoins everyone to observe the Flag Day from May 28 to June 12, Independence Day.