Col. Quintin Salas: The Last Ilonggo Standing
Born on October 31, 1870 in Dumangas, Iloilo to Nicolas Salas and Nicolasa Dicen, Quintin Salas liberated his hometown from the Spanish authorities three days before his 28th birthday. This spurred a string of successful attacks. On December 16, 1898, he liberated the town of Jaro. Colonel Quintin Salas was with General Martin Delgado during the Cry of Iloilo Revolution on November 17, 1898 and the hoisting of the Philippine flag in Plaza Libertad on December 25, 1898.
Against the mighty forces of the Americans, Colonel Salas held his ground in Balantang for nine months from February to September 1899. But eventually, he could not sustain the efforts and was forced to retreat. From there on, he engaged in guerilla warfare. With his forces already decimated and his commanding officers deserted him and the campaigns become more futile, he was compelled to finally surrender on October 4, 1901. He was the last officer in the Visayas to surrender to the Americans.
Seven years later, he earned a degree of Bachelor of Laws from the Escuela de Derecho, admitted to the Bar three years after. On January 24, 1917, he succumbed to tuberculosis.
On June 19, 1994, Republic Act No. 7771 lapsed into law law without the signature of President Fidel V. Ramos, in accordance with Article VI, Sec. 27(1) of the Constitution. It fixed October 31 of every year as a special nonworking public holiday in the Municipality of Dumangas, Province of Iloilo, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Colonel Quintin D. Salas.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry’s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.