Simeón Ola – Biography Of The Last General In The Philippine-American War
SIMEÓN OLA – In this topic, we will now learn about Simeón Ola, hero who is the last general to give up to American troops in the Fil-Am war.
Also known as Simeón Ola y Arboleda, he was born on September 2, 1865. His parents are Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda.
Ola took Philosophy at the Mater Salutis College Seminary. However, he failed to finish the course.
He joined the Albay branch of the revolution where he eventually became the head.
Ola got promoted to captain with the help of a parish priest who gave him and his troops arsenal and fought in the battle of Camalig, Albay in 1898.
He was then promoted to major when he joined an ambush which resulted in the capture of three Americans named Dubose, Fred Hunter and Russel. Ola also fought in the battle of Binogsacan.
In 1901, he continued freeing the towns of Oas and Macabugos from the Americans, which alarmed them to keep an eye on Ola.
In 1903, Ola eventually surrendered after realizing that they can never win the war. Thus, he made an agreement wit Colonel Harry H. Bandholtz, the Assistant Commander of the Constabulary for his surrender. Ola died in February 1952.