The Cinco de Noviembre Mark Point was built to commemorate the significant historical event that ended the rule of Spanish colonial forces on the Negros Island. It is located along Cinco de Noviembre Street.
The Cinco de Noviembre Mark Point in Silay City, Negros Occidental is the same place where the Farmacia Locsin used to be located. The drug store was where the Negrenses secretly planned a bloodless revolt against the Spaniards.
Every November 5, residents of Negros Occidental celebrate the Negros Day to commemorate the Negrenses’ uprising against the Spanish colonizers on November 5, 1898.
The Cinco de Noviembre revolution led by the forces of Aniceto Lacson from the north and Juan Araneta from the south was a culmination of secret planning by sugar barons and sugar workers to overthrow the Spanish rule on the Negros Island.
The revolt began in central and northern Negros in the morning of November 5 and had spread to other towns by afternoon.
On the next day, the revolutionaries and delegation from the Spanish government signed the Act of Capitulation, ending the Spanish rule in the province.
The uprising resulted in the establishment of the Negros Republic, which united Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. It was a government ran by landowners such as Lacson and Araneta for a relatively short period.
The Negros Republicblasted for only three months. The arrival of American forces on the island on February 2, 1899, which was unopposed by the government leaders, ended the Negros Republic abruptly.
To remember the bravery of thousands of Negrenses, November 5 of every year was declared by former President Corazon Aquino as special non-working holiday in the province.
The Cinco de Noviembre Mark Point is located along the heritage district of Silay City, which was once called the “Paris of Negros.”
After visiting the mark point, travelers can also tour the famous ancestral houses along the historic Cinco de Noviembre Street: Balay Negrense, Hofileña Heritage House and Teodoro Morada Ancestral House. It is also near Angel Araneta Ledesma Heritage House or Green House and German Lacson Gaston Ancestral House.