LINGAYEN– The Provincial Board approved the resolution of Bayambang’s Sangguniang Bayan SB Ordinance No. 17, S. of 2017 institutionalizing “SingKapital” as an annual event commemorating an episode in Philippine history when Bayambang became the fifth capital of the Republic of the Philippines on November 12, 1899.
SingKapital” (from singko (5) and capital) will now be observed in Bayambang every November 12.
Mayor Cezar Quiambao directed the first commemoration last year.
It was on November 12, 1899 during the Philippine-American War when General Emilio Aguinaldo and his cabinet arrived in Bayambang in their retreat to the north while being pursued by the American troops.
Bayambang, as the fifth capital of the republic was short-lived, however, as General Aguinaldo and his troops soon marched to Calasiao then to Manaoag until they reached Palanan, Isabela where he was captured by the Americans.
The provincial board also approved the town’s SB Ordinance No. 16, s-2017 adopting “Binasuan” as the official folkdance of the municipality of Bayambang.
“Binasuan” is a folk dance where dancers clad in native costume hold glasses while dancing on top of a bench.