PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte — Ilocanos witnessed the unveiling of the Basi Revolt mural to uphold ‘one great Ilocano nation’ on Wednesday in this historic town of Piddig, Ilocos Norte.
The mural, initiated by the local government unit of Piddig relives the legacy of the 1807 uprising that inspired unity and cooperation among Ilocanos.
“Truly, this (Basi Revolt) is something that we must be proud of…No matter how many forces try to pull apart the lowland, upland and even midland Ilocanos, the truth is we are one great Ilocano nation and the Basi Revolt proves that and we uphold the legacy until today,” said Governor Imee Marcos, who led the unveiling ceremony on Thursday.
The unveiling ceremony was also attended by People’s Republic of China Consul Zhao Qiaoliang, Ilocano students, local government officials, farmers’ groups, tourism stakeholders, among others.
The Basi Revolt started in Piddig, Ilocos Norte was prompted by the wine monopoly of the Spanish Colonizers in 1786 which prohibited the free manufacture of basi (local fermented wine), one of the major occupations of Ilocano farmers.
Marcos noted that the revolt in the “historic, great town of Piddig has started it all” as it “brought us to GOMBURZA that taught the lessons to Ateneo (de Manila University) to the great Dr. Jose Rizal and finally brought forth the first Asian Republic, the first Philippine Republic.”
The 10-foot mural entitled as ‘Mga Mandirigma ng Basi’ was created by Marc Cosico, a resident teacher of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Laguna.
In a short speech during the unveiling, Cosico said he was deeply honored to have been chosen to work on the mural.
“Isang malaking karangalan po sa akin na maging bahagi ng inyong pinakamamahal na Basi Revolt. Nag-iisa lang po ito sa ating kasaysayan na sobrang laki ng epekto at hindi matatawaran ang pagkakaisa ng mga Ilocano,” said Cosico.
Governor Marcos added that the mural also represents the “history and unity of the great Ilocanos of yore” highlighting the heroism of Ilocano Pedro Mateo and the great Tinnguian warrior Saralogo Ambaristo who “strategized, trained and brought forth the first Ilocano army.”
Cosico noted that the mural was inspired by the 9th panel painting of Esteban Villanueva, which shows the “frightening, shocking and absolutely demoralizing Spanish version of what happened during the Basi Revolt.”
“Today we open finally our own version, the Ilocano version of the Basi Revolt. No matter the defeat in the end, it is the valor of even attempting to fight for our independence and our freedom that makes us the brave race that the Ilocano is today,” said Governor Marcos.
The inauguration of the Basi Revolt Mural is in connection with the opening of various museums across the province this month: the Taoid (Heritage) Museum, Balay Dingras and the Lighthouse Museum on November 21. PNA