Former Prime Minister Cesar Enrique Virata urged Gentriseños to reunite in making their city united and more progressive as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of Gen. Mariano Closas Trias. During the “Huntahan sa Gentri” at Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), Cavite, Virata emphasized the importance of unity as per Trias’ wish for younger generation back when he was the vice president of the nation’s first republic.

“Bakit di tayo magkaisa? Kaya naaksaya ang resources natin, kaya hindi tayo umuunlad nang mabilis dahil hindi tayo nagkakaisa. Ito ang hiling nila (heroes who fought for the country’s independence) sa atin. Kaya sa mga kabataan, mag aral kayo nang mabuti dahil kayo ang inaasahan na makatutulong sa paglago ng ating bansa,” he said.

He also cited that Philippines is currently a slow growing country in Asia stating that this was the first nation who became a republic.

“Tayo ang naging unang republic sa Asia pero ngayon tayo ang nahuhuli,” he said. Virata meanwhwile narrated how Trias became a great hero of San Francisco de Malabon, old name of General Trias City. According to him, Trias headed the revolution against the foreign government in the “Sigaw sa Pasong Kalabaw (the old Sta. Clara) and became the minister of the treasury, agriculture, and industry training.

“Napakarami niyang posisyon. Siya ang namahala dito sa agrikultura at industriya. Nagpapatunay ito ng kaniyang dunong at tapang,” he stated.

Moreover, a historian of De La Salle University (DLSU) professor Jeffrey Lubang denied that General Trias died because of food poison but because of appendicitis. Lubang also shared that the national anthem was first played in the city by the native band ‘Banda Matanda’.

Amidst the controversy that Tejeros Convention happened in Rosario, Cavite, a native affirmed that this took place in the city of General Trias, citing that no evidence can prove it was in Rosario.

On the other hand, the prime mover of this event is EPS in Araling Panlipunan Yolanda Lumanog. She stated that history should not be forgotten and should be imparted in younger generations. She also mentioned that she has lots of plans for General Trias in particular on enrichment of history.

This event was attended by local leaders, DepEd personnel, teachers and students. (Arlene M. Hernandez, OIC/ Head Teacher I GLAFJENHS, SDO Gen. Trias City)