LEGAZPI CITY — September 2 has been declared as a special nonworking holiday in the whole province of Albay by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1110 issued on August 26, 2015, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Gen. Simeon A. Ola.
Some information about Gen. Simeon Ola:
Simeón Ola y Arboleda (September 2, 1865 – February 14, 1952) is a hero of the Philippine Revolution and was the last general to surrender to American forces after the Philippine-American War.
Simeon Ola was born on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda, who were ordinary citizens with little money. He was enrolled in Mater Salutis College Seminary and studied Philosophy, but didn’t finish the course. He joined the local branch of the Katipunan in his hometown province of Albay and later became the leader. With the help of a parish priest he was able to acquire arms to support his men. He was promoted to the rank of captain after the battle of Camalig in Albay, 1898 and again promoted to the rank of major after a daring ambush mission that led to the capture of three Americans. He was also the leader of the subsequent valiant attacks on Albay towns namely, Oas, Ligao and Jovellar. He later surrendered on the condition that his men would be granted amnesty. He was put on trial and was proven guilty of sedition and was sentenced to thirty years in prison. In 1904, he was given a pardon and returned to his place of birth and became the municipal president. The regional police command in Legazpi City was named after him.
Simeon Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan.
A marker on a monument in Guinobatan, Albay dedicated to Simeon Ola also states:
SIMEON ARBOLEDA OLA
HENERAL NG I-IIMAGSIKANG PILIPINO AT DIGMAANG PILIPINO-AMERIKANO SA LALAWIGAN NG ALBAY. IPINANGANAK SA GUINOBATAN, ALBAY, 2 SETYEMBRE 1865. HINATULAN NG PAMAHALAANG KOLONYAL NG AMERIKA NG 30 TAONG PAGKABILANGGO SA SALANG SEDISYON. GINAWARAN NG KAPATAWARAN, 8 OKTUBRE 1904. PRESIDENTE MUNICIPAL NG GUINOBATAN, 1910-1919. YUMAO, 14 PEBRERO, 1952.
The camp in Legazpi City where the Police Regional Office 5 is located is named after him.