By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – The reward for the search of the so-called “Revolution Years Tunnels” in this capital city has increased to P200,000, it was announced over the weekend.
This developed as the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) approved in principle the “City of Imus Culture and the Arts Council of 2019 Ordinance” that will look and act on the promotion and preservation of the heritage sites in the area.
“It (the ordinance) calls for the city and the citizens to preserve and conserve the Filipino historical and cultural heritage and resources. The retrieval and conservation of artifacts and Filipino culture and history shall be vigorously pursued,” said Councilor Hertito V. Monzon, the author of the benchmark ordinance.
The P200,000-reward will be given to anyone or group who can locate the underground tunnel in the city or the main passageway that was reportedly used by the Filipino revolutionaries in their exploits against the Spaniards at the turn of the 20th Century.
The reward was put up by Third District (Imus) Representative Alex L. Advincula to hasten the search for the “Revolutionary Tunnels” that had been talked about off-and-on in the city for decades.
The reward increased by 10-fold from P20,000 set by Advincula himself in 2015.
The underground tunnels in search in Imus were those reportedly used by the revolutionaries under General Emilio F. Aguinaldo in their travel from one place to another to prevent detection by the Spanish army.
“We are curious and serious in finding the tunnels as it had been talked about for many years. The tunnels can be transformed and used as a tourist spots,” Advincula said.
The city was the site of the “Battle of Imus,” on September 3, 1896, reportedly the fiercest encounter between the revolutionaries and the Spaniards, and “Battle of Alapan” on
May 28, 1898, where the new Philippine flag was first waved by the Katipuneros.
Old folk said that the underground passageways were used by the revolutionaries even before the two victorious encounters had taken place.
Advincula said that he had heard stories about the underground tunnels when he was still a child but “we have yet to see at least one,” Advincula said in 2015.
“I wanted to help in the search (for tunnels) and its development,” said Advincula.