Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Gen. Licerio Topacio Plaza Inaguration





The new Imus Public Plaza named in honor of Gen. Licerio Topacio was formally inagurated on May 23, 2009 by Governor Ayong Maliksi, Congressman Pidi Barzaga, Mayor Manny Maliksi and Hon. Kim Kyu Bae, mayor of the County of Yeocheon of Geyeonggi province of the Republic of South Korea.

The new Gen. Licerio Topacio Plaza is one of the legacy projects of Mayor Manny Maliksi and the Municipal Council featuring Gen. Licerio Topacio’s monument with two artilleries which stands there since 1930. Though modern in design, the park is a clear statement of Imus’ past, present and future. A historical display of monument from Imus’ heroes to its 13 martyrs, the spacious park looks like a big waving flag from above.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Licerio Topacio (b. August 27,1839-d. April 19,1925) was a revolutionary leader and hero of Imus, Cavite. It was Topacio who was originally offered to take the presidency of the Revolutionary Government, but instead of accepting the said position, he wholeheartedly nominated his provincemate, Emilio Aguinaldo in the Imus Convention in 1897.
Since then, Topacio had been the constant adviser of Aguinaldo, especially regarding decision-making, and was thought to be Aguinaldo's only companion who can boost the general's morale.
Topacio, during the revolutionary government, was appointed ministro de formento in the cabinet whose role was to formulate military tactics and strategies and to supervise the army in the battlefield. As a high-ranking Filipino rebel official, he was responsible in building the fortification of the Zapote Bridge in Zapote, Cavite. The said bridge was used during the Battle of Zapote Bridge in February 1897, under the leadership of Gen. Edilberto Evangelista. He was designated General of the revolution because of his outstanding achievements and valor in the revolutionary movement.

Licerio Topacio was one of the earliest member of Katipunan upon the organization's introduction in Cavite. He was among the members who encouraged Andres Bonifacio to wage a revolution against abusive Spaniards.

Being a product of Cavite, Topacio was honored by the municipal council by renaming the town's plaza to General Licerio Topacio. (source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/)

4 comments:

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dorian said...

I thank Mayor Manny Maliksi and the Municipal Council of Imus for reviving the town center of Imus and giving the Plaza park its official and historical name.