Historic house considered a museum for heroes

MAYOR Florentino “Ante” Tinio of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, revealed plans during the recent 126th anniversary celebration of the “First Cry of Nueva Ecija” to convert the Sideco House into a museum for heroes.

MALACAÑANG IN NUEVA ECIJA The first municipal hall in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija served as the official residence of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippines. It was actually the house of Captain Crispulo ‘Pulong’ Sideco, in whose honor it was called Sideco House. Also pictured are local government officials from San Isidro during recent wreath laying ceremonies to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the ‘First Cry of Nueva Ecija’. PHOTOS BY CELSO M. CAJUCOM

On March 29, 1899, the city of San Isidro was named the capital of the Philippines, as declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the recognized “first president of the Philippines”.

Sideco House, San Isidro’s first municipal hall, served as Aguinaldo’s official residence.

The house belonged to Captain Crispulo Sideco, popularly known at the time as “Pulong”.

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Highlights of the anniversary celebration included wreath laying ceremonies at hero and veteran markers in the town square and the organization of the “Likhang Isidorean Trade Fair”, which was attended by some 26 commercial ventures, and the “First Mayor Ante Tinio Bonsai Show and Contest.”

The San Isidro uprising has been labeled as Nueva Ecija’s first cry, stemming from Andres Bonifacio’s “First Cry of Balintawak” on August 23, 1896, which reverberated throughout the country when the latter led the tearing of their cedulas (residence certificates) as a symbol of the end of their subservience to Spain.

MALACAÑANG IN NUEVA ECIJA The first municipal hall in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija served as the official residence of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippines.  It was actually the house of Captain Crispulo 'Pulong' Sideco, in whose honor it was called Sideco House.  Also pictured are local government officials from San Isidro during recent wreath laying ceremonies to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the 'First Cry of Nueva Ecija'.  PHOTOS BY CELSO M. CAJUCOM

MALACAÑANG IN NUEVA ECIJA The first municipal hall in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija served as the official residence of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippines. It was actually the house of Captain Crispulo ‘Pulong’ Sideco, in whose honor it was called Sideco House. Also pictured are local government officials from San Isidro during recent wreath laying ceremonies to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the ‘First Cry of Nueva Ecija’. PHOTOS BY CELSO M. CAJUCOM

When the Novo Ecijanos rose in arms, historians today have called the uprising Nueva Ecija the first cry.

The plan of the rich “ilustrados” was quite well executed.

It was run by a few wealthy people with hardly a patriotic purpose but to get their friends out of jail after learning that Bonifacio was succeeding in his exploits in Manila.

Hundreds of their poor wards armed with homemade rifles and bamboo spears marched from Cabiao to Factoria (San Isidro) followed by a marching band – not the “musikong bumbong” or the “bamboo band”, but a marching band.

The musikong bumbong did not appear until after the Japanese invaded the Philippines.

The revolt was later labeled a “revolution” and “unang sigaw”, with the marchers managing to free some 160 prisoners.

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