113TH RIZAL DAY: A COMMEMORATION OF RIZAL'S MARTYRDOM




“Not only is Rizal the most prominent man of his own people but the greatest man the Malayan race has produced. ” -Ferdinand Blumentritt, 1897

Today we commemorate the 113th death anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines. His military trial and execution in December 30, 1896 in the hands of Spaniards made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution. His writings inspired Andres Bonifacio and other Filipino revolutionaries to fight against Spanish colonization. I admire him for his bravery. Without this character, he would not sacrifice himself in the hands of the oppressors. He could have leave the country and enjoy the sweetness of life in the lands beyond Philippine seas. He did leave but with a mission. We owe the freedom that we are enjoying now to Rizal and other Filipino patriots. Let his words of wisdom remain in our hearts forever and may we be able to traslate them into actions for the betterment of the Filipino society. 

President Arroyo will lead the nationwide celebration in Ilocos Sur today. Expected government officials who will be joining in the celebration are Deputy National Security Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson, House Deputy Speaker Eric D. Singson, Congressman Ronald V. Singson, Governor Deogracias Victor B. Savellano, Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina, and other local officials, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado, PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa, Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena, Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez, National Historical Institute (NHI) Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Presidential Assistant for Region 1 Enrie Mendoza, Nothern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo David, and Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Superintendent Romeo Gatan.


Mabuhay si Dr. Jose P. Rizal!

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