Wagayway Festival is celebrated every 28th of May in Imus, Cavite to commemorate the Battle of Alapan where many Filipinos following the lead of General Emilio Aguinaldo risked their lives against the conquering Spaniards. Tagged as “wagayway” (wave), the historical Imus is the place when the Philippine Flag was first waved to signify a won battle.
The said festival is a reminder of the fact that Imus was where the first wave of flag happened. And through this festival, people are reminded of the pride that Imus holds as a significant part of history.
Then Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi (which is also the current mayor after regaining its position) gave much attention to the fading Imuseno pride and with the hope to regain the former town’s spirit, he initiated the very first Wagayway Festival in 2008. During the event which was filled with many celebrations and awareness campaign of the history of the Battle of Alapan and why Imus should be considered the “Real Flag Capital of the Philippines” (which later on awarded to the city), the most memorable of the celebration was when a re-enactment of the Battle of Alapan was staged for the public. Many spectators during the event were captivated by the dramatic historical milestone and thus ignited the hearts of many Imusenos to regain their pride.
The following years soon followed, but it was only in 2012 that the national government under the Proclamation No. 373 Series of 2012 declared May 28 of the year as the National Flag Day, a special non-working holiday for the city of Imus.
Aside from the Wagayway Festival which is filled with many exciting activities, when visiting Imus, it would also be a great time to drop by the famous Battle of Alapan Marker. The said marker is a 90-feet high flag pole that holds the Philippine Flag. The concrete that grips the pole also holds a statue of a lady on top of three rocks painted with starts.