|Municipal President of Albay|
Simeón Ola y Arboleda
September 2, 1865
Guinobatan, Albay, Captaincy General of the Philippines
|Died||February 14, 1952 (aged 86)|
Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines
Simeón Ola y Arboleda (September 2, 1865 – February 14, 1952) is a hero of the Philippine Revolution and was the last general of the Philippines to surrender to the American forces after the Philippine-American War.
Simeón Ola was born on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda. He was enrolled in Mater Salutis College Seminary and studied Philosophy, but didn't finish the course. He joined 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. He was 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 on the 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 in prison. 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 was named after him.
Simeon Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan.
- "Simeon Ola". Retrieved September 23, 2009
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