Celso to lead simple yet meaningful Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary rites PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2011 15:23

Mayor Celso Lobregat will spearhead this morning a simple but meaningful ceremony commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero.
The ceremony will kick off at 8 a.m. today with the flag raising ceremony at the Plaza Rizal fronting City Hall. Mayor Lobregat will be assisted by Domingo Falcasantos, Knights of Rizal-area commander for Western Mindanao in hoisting the flag.

Themed “Rizalism: the Pillar of the Filipino Nation”, the local celebration of Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary is jointly organized by the city government and the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Zamboanga City chapter.

The traditional flag raising rite will be followed by the floral offering to be participated by officials of the national government agencies, city government offices, non-government organizations, academe and police and military and other sectors. 

The commemorative program will commence with the opening remarks from Falcasantos followed by a choral rendition from the Zamboanga City High School-main choir. Mayor Lobregat will give his inspirational message while Fidel Milan, Zamboanga Knights of Rizal commander will deliver the closing remarks.

Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child
in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Both his parents were educated and belonged to distinguished families.

Rizal’s writings and movements sparked the fight for freedom from foreign oppression. On December 30, 1896, Rizal was executed at the Bagumbayan field, now Rizal Park, as a result of his conviction for rebellion, sedition and forming of illegal associations.

Rizal’s life was proof that the Filipino has the capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, according to historical records.
Last Sunday, June 12, the city government joined the nation in the observance of  the 113th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
Meanwhile, tomorrow Monday, June 20 has been declared a special non-working holiday in the country in celebration of Rizal’s birthday. The declaration is based on Proclamation 154 issued by President Noynoy Aquino based on recommendations from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

President Aquino in his proclamation issued April 26 said:  “(This is) to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies”. — Sheila Covarrubias