Local government officials, uniformed personnel, veterans and residents on Monday, January 23 celebrated the 123rd historic “Battle of Legazpi.”
The simple activity was held at the Battle of Legazpi Monument in Rotunda on Quezon Avenue. Wreaths were offered in honor to the heroes for their bravery in defending the territories of Filipino troops from American soldiers in 1900.
On Jan. 23, 1900 the historic battle took place, days after the American troops occupied Sorsogon, including the ports of Bulan and Donsol.
About 172 Filipinos were killed in the three-hour “stiff fighting.” when the American expeditionary forces bombarded what were known as the “defenses of Legazpi,”
For Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas, Bicol police chief, who served as the guest speaker, the heroes’ acts were “a testament not only to their patriotism, their selfless love of their country and of their people, but to the inherent character and values of the Filipinos that give credence to our identity as a nation renowned for its bravery, tenacity, and fortitude.”
Legazpi Museum curator Dar Perez praised those who attended the event for devoting their time to witnessing a historic event in Legazpi.
“We must never forget the heroism and bravery of our forefathers,” he said.