Press release attachmentThe National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in coordination with the City Government of Manila, led a simple commemoration program in remembrance of the 122nd Anniversary of the First Shot that Started the Philippine-American War on 04 February 2021 at Sociego St. cor. Silencio St., Sampaloc, Manila.

Manila City Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna led the simple wreath-laying ceremony, together with Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Deputy Administrator ASec Raul Z. Caballes, NHCP Executive Director Restituto L. Aguilar, ACT Teachers Partylist Congresswoman France L. Castro, former representative Antonio Tinio, and Barangay 586 Chairman Danilo B. Tibay.

On Saturday night of 04 February 1899, Private William W. Grayson, a sentry of the 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment, fired the first shots that ignited the Philippine-American War at the corner of Sociego and Silencio Streets, in Santa Mesa.

The Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War veterans were among the first pensioners that the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office has served.