PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte – Governor Imee R. Marcos on November 11 led the unveiling of the Basi Revolt Mural in Piddig town to relive the legacy of the 1807 uprising that inspired the ‘one great Ilocano nation.’
“Truly, this (Basi Revolt) is something that we must be proud of…No matter how many forces try to pull apart the lowland, upland and even midland Ilocanos, the truth is we are one great Ilocano nation and the Basi Revolt proves that and we uphold the legacy until today,” said Governor Marcos.
The unveiling was attended by People’s Republic of China Consul Zhao Qiaoliang, Ilocano students, local government officials, farmers’ groups, tourism stakeholders, among others.
The Basi Revolt started in Piddig, Ilocos Norte was prompted by the wine monopoly of the Spanish Colonizers in 1786 which prohibited the free manufacture of basi (local fermented wine), one of the major occupations of Ilocano farmers.
Governor Marcos noted that the revolt in the “historic, great town of Piddig has started it all” as it “brought us to GOMBURZA that taught the lessons to Ateneo (de Manila University) to the great Dr. Jose Rizal and finally brought forth the first Asian Republic, the first Philippine Republic.”
The 10-foot mural entitled as ‘Mga Mandirigma ng Basi’ was created by Marc Cosico, a resident teacher of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Laguna.
Governor Marcos added that the mural also represents the “history and unity of the great Ilocanos of yore” highlighting the heroism of Ilocano Pedro Mateo and the great Tinnguian warrior Saralogo Ambaristo who “strategized, trained and brought forth the first Ilocano army.”
“Today we open finally our own version, the Ilocano version of the Basi Revolt. No matter the defeat in the end, it is the valor of even attempting to fight for our independence and our freedom that makes us the brave race that the Ilocano is today,” said Marcos.
The inauguration of the Basi Revolt Mural kicks off with the opening of various museums across the province this month: the Taoid (Heritage) Museum, Balay Dingras and the Lighthouse Museum on November 21.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO)