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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


It was over a hundred years ago when Jose Tagle led a small band of Philippine revolutionaries against Spanish forces. The ‘Battle of Imus’ on September 3, 1896 is one of the most important victories of the Philippine Revolution and paved way for the Filipinos to gain independence.

According to General Emilo Aguinaldo’s account, Tagle, then the head of Barangay Pilar in Imus, asked him to mount an assault on a kwartel (friars’ estate) in Imus with his men of about one hundred (100). Tagle then laid siege on the estate and eventually subdued the friars and captured the hacienda.

Tagle was instrumental in achieving the victory against the Spaniards, especially the respected Spanish General Ernesto de Aguirre. This battle eventually went down history as The Battle of Imus.

Because of Tagle’s role in the revolution, he was appointed as the Municipal Captain of Imus. He was also responsible for selecting the people who will establish the government and organizing a revolutionary army.

After one hundred and twelve years, Imus recalled the historic feats in the Battle of Imus’

On September 2, 2008, a commemorative program was held recognizing Tagle’s heroism. Senator Richard Gordon and Olongapo City Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr., both great-grandsons of Jose Tagle, took part in the said event.

The program, called ‘Paghawi sa Tabing ng Panandang Pangkasaysayan, ‘Jose S. Tagle’, included the unveiling of a historical marker of Jose Tagle for his contribution to the national pride and history.

“The Battle of Imus set a pivotal moment in Philippine History,” said Mayor Bong Gordon. “We must celebrate this victory and learn something to help us face our present struggle to fight the opposing forces that keep us from reaching our goals”

Mayor Gordon likened Tagle’s battle and determination against overwhelming odds to the current struggle of the everyday Filipino “In order to gain victory, we must persevere and believe that nothing can stop us, no matter how impossible our dreams are.”

Tagle was married to Isabel Bella and they had three children: Agustina Tagle-Ramirez, Veronica Tagle-Gordon and Jose Tagle Jr. He died on 1902.

Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. and Senator Richard Gordon beside the historical marker of his great-grandfather Jose Tagle, one of the heroes of the Battle of Imus. The marker was unveiled recently in-line with the commemoration of the 112th anniversary of The Battle of Imus. Also in photo are Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, Imus Vice Mayor Armando Ilano andnd District Representative Elpidio Maliksi.


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