CITY OF MALOLOS- Another Bulakenyo hero has emerged from the pages of history and will now be known to many as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) unveiled the historical marker of Felipe “Apo Ipe” Salvador located inside the Baliwag North Central School in Baliwag, Bulacan yesterday, in synchronous to his 151st Birth Anniversary.
NHCP Deputy Executive Director Carminda Arevalo, together with Governor Daniel R. Fernando and Baliwag Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella graced the simple yet meaningful event.
According to Arevalo, Filipinos can learn and imitate numerous things from the life of Apo Ipe that can be applied in the collective fight against the danger of COVID-19.
“Sa kasalukuyan, hindi kalayaan mula sa mga dayuhan ang ating ipinaglalaban, tayo ngayon ay nahaharap sa matinding pagsubok, ang pandaigdigang krisis ng COVID-19. Nawa’y ang mga diwa na dala ng ating mga bayani tulad ni Felipe Salvador ay maging inspirasyon natin upang magkaisa at magtulung-tulong sa paglaban at pagsugpo sa panganib na dulot ng COVID-19,” she said.
For his part, Fernando believed that through the historical marker, Salvador’s life and heroism will linger in the memory and hearts of everyone.
“Ang dugo’t pawis po na kanyang idinilig sa binhi ng ating kasarinlan ay nagbubunga ngayon ng katiwasayan, katarungan at kapayapaan. Itong kalayaan na ito, tayo ang magtatanggol at patuloy na magpapayabong dito para maipamana naman natin ito sa mga susunod na henerasyon,” the governor said.
Declared as the most dangerous leader, Salvador was one of those who led the fight of the citizens of Pampanga against the Spaniards in 1898, and against the Americans from 1902 to 1910. He also established the Santa Iglesia, a religious sect determined to help the poor. He was sentenced to death with a crime called Bandolerismo on April 15, 1912. ###