Provincial Tourism Focal Person Mr. Arsenio Lugay was a guest at the recently concluded Macabulos Day celebrated in the town of La Paz.
A parade was done in honor of local hero, Gen. Francisco Macabulos followed by traditional games, essay writing, and poster making.
La Paz Mayor Venustiano Jordan led the celebration of the town.
Also present during the celebration was the granddaughter of Gen. Macabulos, Dr. Eustacia Rigor. The program ended with a Zumba theme party and fireworks display.
General Francisco Macabulos was a veteran of the Spanish and American occupation.
More than just a soldier, Macabulos was a poet and writer of Zarzuelas according to an article written by Luis Serrano of the Knights of Rizal from the Tarlac chapter. Two original zarzuelas, “Uldarico,” and “Rosaura” was penned by Macabulos and an adaptation of Balagtas’ “Florante at Laura.” Unfortunately, all his writings were taken by American soldiers during the war while his later works burned during a big fire in 1911.
After the American war, Macabulos became a public servant, being elected as municipal president of La Paz in 1908. He died at the age of 51 on April 30, 1922.(Photos by Ronnie S. Quiambao)