November 5, 2011 will be a big day today as the whole of Negros Occidental celebrates the revolution that gave the Island freedom from Spanish rule and established the República de Negros, a short-lived but historic first fully-functioning republic in Asia. While other towns and cities that also saw the revolution come at hand, there will be a grand celebration in Silay City where the revolution first started. Silay City in cooperation with Cinco de Noviembre Barangay Council, Liga ng mga Barangay and Hugyaw Silay, Inc. will memorialize Cinco de Noviembre 1898 event on November 5. Mayor Jose Montelibano said that the celebration will honor the heroic deeds of not just the hacienderos but the jornaleros and the unsung Silay forefathers who joined forces to defeat Spanish authority. Pueblo de Silay was the scene of the bloodless revolution one hundred and thirteen years ago when the barely armed revolutionaries took over the Spanish garrison which paved the way for Negros to gain its independence from Spain.
The festivities will start with a Thanksgiving Mass at San Diego Pro-Cathedral at 6:00 am while the Hugpong sa Kahilwayan Program will commence at 7:00 am near the Cinco de Noviembre Marker. For those who chose to stay after mass at the Plaza, Pamahaw Silaynon food items for sale from Sir-Maam Restaurant, El Ideal Bakery, Mariels Bakery, Silay Native Delicacies Producers and the barangay traditional cooks will be made available for bikers, bloggers, road runners, hataw groups and church goers who will go to the plaza before 7:30 am. After a brief program, Silay City officials and the program attendees will have a Heroes March at 8:00 am from the historic Marker to Plaza Olympia in time for a flag raising ceremony shortly afterwards.
Festival activities like Sabor Silaynon Cooking Competition, Food Sale,Pinta Silaynon, DepEd Pista Sinadya sa Kahilwayan and Salo-Salo sa Plaza will be opened after the flag ceremony. The cooking competition at the Plaza Covered Court will cover three culinary categories like veggies, meat and seafood. Meanwhile, the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition will open at 2:00 pm for participating Elementary Schools. All the event winners will be awarded at 6:00 pm while a live band will entertain the audience as a prelude to a fireworks display and a celebrity show at 8:00 pm. The celebrity show is sponsored by Third District Cong. Albee Benitez whose constituency includes Silay City. Works of art by Silaynon artists will also be displayed for public viewing at Dr. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center.
The nearby Balay Negrénse Museum, also known as the Gaston Ancestral Mansion, will host the 14th Adobo Festival from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Winning recipes of the past annual food competition and fair will be featured at The Great Adobo Lunch. The menu will include last year’s winner Adobo Crevette A L’Anglaise by Robert Harland, while other champion adobo dishes and heirloom recipes like Adobo Ma’osa, Chicken Pork Adobo, Baked Chicken Adobo, Adobong Takway, Adobong Puso ng Saging among a few will also be featured for the day. Susan Calo Medina’s Travel Time show and magazine will be also present to document and feature the event. Among the activities that will be featured include Adobo Cooking Competition, Muscovado Cooking Contest, Kitchen Art Exhibit, different booths and side activities. Mushu Asian Restaurant Chef and GMA’s Junior Masterchef TV host CP Anglo will also be doing a surprise dish for the Gourmet Adobo Cooking Demo.
The Negros Cultural Foundation, the non-profit organization that runs Negros Museum and Balay Negrense, invites everyone to witness an event that marries history, culture, arts, tourism and food in one festival. The cooking competitions becomes a venue for Negrense youth and aspiring chefs to master the cooking of Adobo, incorporate local ingredients, develop some of these heirloom recipes and giving them a twist. For more information, please contact The Negros Museum at 4334764 | 7085080 | 09213307861 or Balay Negrense at 714-7676. Cinco de Noviembre Celebration marks the opening of Silay Heritage Month which is held annually every November in lieu of the feast of San Diego de Alcala, patron saint of Silay. Negros Bloggers, together with various Visayas blogging organizations, will be part of the festivities with the upcoming Philippine Blog Awards Visayas in Silay City next Saturday.