City set for 116th Rizal Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 December 2012 14:23

The City Government in partnership with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Western Mindanao chapter will spearhead the observance of the 116th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal tomorrow, December 30.

Themed “Rizalism: the Emergence of Spanish-Filipino Relations that led to Nationalism”, the commemoration will kick off at 7am with the flag raising ceremony followed by the floral offering at the Rizal Park in front of City Hall.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Congresspersons Beng Climaco of District I and Erbie Fabian of District II will lead the local observance that will be participated by city government officials and employees as well as representatives from the different national agencies as well as police and military units.

Domingo Falcasantos, Knights of Rizal Area Commander for WM will assist the mayor during the flag raising ceremony. 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”.

The Zamboanga City High School-Main Choir will lead the doxology as well as provide some intermission numbers.

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