Celso, Beng, Erbie lead 115th Rizal Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 December 2011 16:52

Zamboanga City will join the entire nation in observing the 115th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, today, December 30.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Representatives Beng Climaco of District I and Erbie Fabian of District II will spearhead the local observance which will kick off at  7 a.m. with the flag raising ceremony at the Rizal Park fronting City hall.

Themed “Rizalism: The Pillar of the Filipino Nation”, the activity today is expected to be participated by city government officials and employees as well as representatives from the different national agencies as well as police and military units.

The mayor will be assisted by Domingo Falcasantos, Knights of Rizal area commander for Western Mindanao, during the flag raising ceremony. The floral offering will follow at the foot of the Rizal monument.

A simple program will follow at the Rizal Park with the presence of the city’s two congressional representatives. Cong. Climaco will give the opening remarks while Cong. Fabian will give a short message. Mayor Lobregat will give the inspirational message.

Falcasantos will declaim the “mi ultimo adios”.

Rizal Day is observed every 30th of December in commemoration of the nationalism and martyrdom of the national hero.  It is celebrated throughout the country but the major celebration is held at Rizal Park, more popularly known as the Luneta in Manila. The event is highlighted by flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Jose Rizal Monument. Similar ceremonies are held at the Rizal shrines in Calamba, Laguna and Dapitan in Zamboanga, and the Rizal monument in Baguio City.

Rizal’s complete name is José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896). He was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

Rizal’s 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution. Rizal Day is declared a national holiday in the country. — Sheila Covarrubias