By: Penn T. Larena
November of every year is an important month for every Negrosanon as we celebrate the al Cinco de Noviembre and the Negros Oriental Liberation Day from Spanish Rule with the Dumaguete Charter Day Celebration on the same day November 24th of every year.
As a historian and a History Professor, I want to make an impact and awareness to the people of negros oriental and my students specifically on the significant events in our local history of Negros.
I hope that the Province of Negros Oriental will continuously celebrate this historic victory every year from hereon, especially after the COVID-19 global pandemic. This year 2021, marks the 123rd years of liberation after Negros Revolution that climaxed on November 24, 1898.
This historic event was attended by select students from Saint Paul University - Dumaguete (SPUD) for their 'Reading in Philippine History Class' with Penn T. Larena as their professor.
The patriotism, bravery, and courage of the Negrense heroes; Gen. Diego de la Viña, Demetrio Larena, Don Ramon Telesforo Belloso, Don Felipe Tayko, and thousands of other Negrosanons who fought for freedom is a story that should live in our hearts forever.
Happy Negrosanon Heritage Month!