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Vienna, Austria – 2. September 2017. – The Novo Ecijanos in Austria celebrated on September 2, 2017 the 121th Anniversary of the Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija (The First Cry of Neuva Ecija). The celebration was staged at the Veranstaltungszentrum Großfeldsiedlung 1210, Vienna.
The event marked the day when Llanera led home-grown revolutionaries in assaulting the Spanish garrison in San Isidro and freed hundreds of Katipuneros on September 2, 1896.
On Sept. 2, 1896, some 500 revolutionaries, armed with bolos and pointed sticks and accompanied by musikang bumbong ( a band with bamboo instruments) led by Gen. Mariano Llanera marched from Cabiao town in southern Nueva Ecija to the nearby town of San Isidro and assaulted the Spanish garrison, which freed hundreds of detained Katipuneros.
San Isidro was proclaimed capital of the Philippines on Sept. 29, 1899 by President Emilio Aguinaldo.
For its role in the revolution, Nueva Ecija earned a star in the Philippine flag, representing one of the eight provinces that revolted against Spain.
Armando Dingboy Ortiz, President of the Association of Novo Ecijanos in Austria said that the festivity wants to commemorate the event for Novo Ecijanos to appreciate history.
“MARAMING maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat na nagtulong-tulong, nagbigay ng panahon at nakiisa upang ang ANEA ay muling matagumpay na makapagdaos ng aming pag gunita dito sa Vienna, Austria ng pagdiriwang ng 121th Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija,” Ortiz said.
The President likewise expressed his gratitude to the members and officers of ANEA and to the whole Filipino community in Austria for supporting the programs of the association.
The Philippine Embassy in Vienna, led by Ambassador Maria Zeneida angara-Collinson also graced the occasion.
In her speech, the ambassador informed the audience that she has actually a deep connection with the Novo Ecijanos since General Manuel Tinio, one of the heroes of Nueva Ecija, is the ambassador’s great granduncle.
An array of cultural presentation likewise added color to the celebration.
Throughout the years, ANEA has been steadfast in its efforts to provide outreach services to fellow Novo Ecijanos back home through their medical and dental missions, housing projects, nutrition and feeding programs, educational to poor but deserving students and financial assistance to victims of natural calamities in the Philippines.
Aside from its tireless advocacies and projects, ANEA had also promoted a positive image of Filipinos here in Austria showing the growing importance of Filipino overseas as partners of Philippine development and nation-building.
– Hector Pascua, philippine-press.com