Sunday, May 25, 2008
First Wagayway (Flag) Festival Kicks Off
The First Wagayway Festival kicked off last May 24, 2008 amidst jovial spirit of town folks and guests. Gracing the opening activitiy of the 5-day festival were Congressman Pidi Brazaga and his wife Dasmariñas Mayor Jenny Barzaga. The kick off parade was participated in by senior citizens groups, socio-civic groups like IBAC, Lions Club and Bankers Association of Imus, teachers and administrators of public and private schools of Imus, municipal employees, youth and cultural orgs,Toyota Alabang Inc. and the Pagsanjan cultural group, bands, drum and lyre, and rondalla from the Philippine Marines, FEU and PNU.
The event derived its title "Wagayway" from the fact that the first Philippine flag which was sewn by Marcela Agoncillo in Hongkong was first unfurled in Imus on May 28, 1898 following a victory by local revolutionaries against the Spanish forces at what is now known as "Battle of Alapan".
The holding of the annual festival is aimed at reclaiming the Philippine town of Imus' rightful place in the country’s history even as it also seeks to make itself known as the nation’s flag capital.