Simeon Ola y Arboleda
September 2, 2011 marks the 146th birth anniversary of Gen. Simeon A. Ola, the last revolutionary general to surrender at the end of the Philippine-American War. By virtue of Proclamation No. 222 issued by the Malacañan Palace, special non-working holiday will be observed in the Province of Albay to give its people the opportunity to celebrate said occasion.
Simeon A. Ola (September 2, 1865 – February 14, 1952) was a hero of the Philippine Revolution and the last general to surrender to American forces during the Philippine-American War.
Simeon Ola was born on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda, whom was ordinary citizens with few money. He was enrolled in Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and attended the Philosophy, but didn’t finish the course. He joined the the local branch of the Katipunan in his hometown province of Albay and later became the leader. With the help of a parish priest he was able to acquire arms to support his men. Promoted to the rank of captain after the battle of Camalig in Albay, 1898 and again promoted to the rank of major after a daring ambush mission that led to the capture of three Americans. He was also the leader of the subsequent valiant attacks on Albay towns namely, Oas, Ligao and Jovellar. He later surrendered in condition that his men would be granted amnesty, he was put on trial and was proven guilty of sedition and was sentenced to thirty years inprisonment. In 1904, he was given a pardon and returned to his place of birth and became the municipal president. The regional police command in Legazpi City (Camp General Simeon A. Ola) was named after him.
Simeon Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan.