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anea1The Novo Ecijanos in Austria celebrated on September 5, 2015 the 119th Anniversary of the Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija. The celebration was staged at the Salvatorianer Church Hall, 1100 Vienna.

The event marked the day when Llanera led home-grown revolutionaries in assaulting the Spanish garrison in San Isidro and freed hundreds of Katipuneros on September 2, 1896. For its role in the revolution, the province earned its place in the Philippine flag as one of the eight rays of the sun, each ray representing the provinces that revolted against the Spaniards.

Armando Dingboy Ortiz, President of the Association of Novo Ecijanos in Austria  said that the festivity wants to commemorate the event for Novo Ecijanos to appreciate history.

The President likewise expressed his gratitude to the members and officers of ANEA and to the whole Filipino community in Austria for supporting the programs of the association.

In the ANEA’s Facebook Wall, the organization wishes to express its gratitude to the Filipino Commmunity in Austria and friends from different ethnic groups here  for supporting the ANEA Event.

“MARAMING maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat na nagtulong-tulong, nagbigay ng panahon at nakiisa upang ang ANEA sa pamumuno ni Pangulong Amando Dingboy Ortiz at ang kanyang mga kasama,ay muling matagumpay na makapagdaos ng aming pag gunita dito sa Vienna,Austria ng pagdiriwang ng 119thUnang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija,” wrote the administrator of the ANEA Facebook Page.

The Philippine Embassy in Vienna, led by the Deputy Chief of Mission Sulpicio M. Confiado, graced the Occasion.

An array of cultural presentation likewise added color to the celebration.

Throughout the years, ANEA has been steadfast in its efforts to provide outreach services to fellow Novo Ecijanos back home through their medical and dental missions, housing projects, nutrition and feeding programs, educational to poor but deserving students and financial assistance to victims of natural calamities in the Philippines.

Aside from its tireless advocacies and projects, ANEA had also promoted a positive image of Filipinos here in Austria showing the growing importance of Filipino overseas as partners of Philippine development and nation-building.

- Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News