Sto. Tomas City, Batangas – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines and City Government of Sto. Tomas led the commemoration of the 156th birth anniversary of Gen. Miguel Malvar at the Malvar Historical Landmark on 27 September 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Sto. Tomas City Mayor Edna P. Sanchez led the wreath-laying rites. She was joined by the Third District of Batangas Representative Ma. Theresa V. Collantes, Batangas Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste II, City of Sto. Tomas Vice Mayor Armenius O. Silva, Sto. Tomas City Council, descendat of Miguel Malvar Mrs. Rina Malvar- Villegas, and NHCP-Museo ni Miguel Malvar Curator Ryan M. Tan.
The commemorative event had minimal attendees in response to the IATF guidelines on social gatherings. The general public was advised not to attend the event physically, for their safety, due to the COVID pandemic situation and highly encouraged to visit the Museo ni Miguel Malvar Facebook page for the updates of the event.
NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine History through its museums and publications, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage.
Malvar was born on 27 September 1865 in Santo Tomas, Batangas, and grew up to be an industrious businessman and farmer. He joined the Katipunan before the 1896 Revolution along with the likes of Paciano Rizal and Severino Taino in Laguna, Maximino Hizon in Pampanga. During the Philippine Revolution, he participated in battles for Batangas where he became its military commander. During the Philippine-American War, he took control over all Filipino forces after American soldiers captured President Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela on 23 March 1901. Malvar tenaciously continued the war against the United States until his soldiers were decimated by hunger and disease. Seeing his men die due to the hamleting of the American forces, he surrendered on 16 April 1902, making him one of the last Filipino generals to do so.