Today in Philippine History, September 25, 1903, General Simeon Ola surrendered to American Colonel Harry H. Banholtz

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On September 25, 1903, Simeon Arboleda Ola, revolutionary leader of Guinobatan, Albay, surrendered to American Colonel Harry H. Banholtz, over a year after the surrender of General Miguel Malvar to the Americans on April 16, 1902.

General Simeon Surrenders Ola, Page 1 of The Minneapolis Journal, issue of September 26, 1903
(General Ola surrenders, page 1 of The Minneapolis Journal, issue of September 26, 1903)

General Ola 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 pardoned and returned to his place of birth and became the municipal president.

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 Holy Rosary Minor 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 their leader.

The regional police command in Legazpi City was named after him.

Simeon Arboleda Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan, Albay.

References:
Pambansang Komisyon Pangkasaysayan
Wikipedia
Photo credit: http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/


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