Thursday, November 5, 2009

5 de Noviembre: Today in Negros History

5 de Noviembre has become more than just a date. It has become a street, a landmark, a celebration of Negros' independence from Spanish rule in 1898.

Negros revolutionary troops led by Aniceto Lacson and Nicolas Golez from the north of Bacolod City (Silay City), and Juan Araneta from the south (Bago City), overcame the Spaniards by tricking them into thinking that they were outnumbered by a large number of rebels with a surprisingly large artillery. It turned out that the guns and cannons were just decoys, defronded coconut palm branches and rolled up amakan mats painted pitch black to look like firearms from a distance.

The ruse was successful as to win the province's independence, celebrated today, November 5, 2009.

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