Jose Rizal continuing beacon of hope for all PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

“Rizal was independent minded and not easily swayed from his convictions and went to his death this day not knowing his sacrifice will galvanize a nation and its people and win the fight for freedom. He truly was a hero for all time.”

Thus was part of a message delivered by District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian yesterday morning, (December 30th) on the 116th death anniversary of the martyrdom of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal at the foot of the Rizal shrine fronting city hall.

Fabian  said if Rizal were alive today he would be angry and could have launched into his third novel following ‘Noli Me Tangere’ and ‘El Filibusterismo’ where he channels all his emotions over the sad state of his people.

“Anger if handled properly could be channeled into positive energy and have people work for the better of their lot. It also could spur ordinary men and women to become heroes just like Dr. Rizal himself,” said the second district solon.

Fabian also reminded the people of the continuing legacy of the ‘Pride of Malay Race’ on our daily lives today, his greater sacrifice has provided the nation with impetus for unity, true peace and constructive progress.

“Rizal should continue to inspire us to become better as individuals, as a people and as a community here in Zamboanga City,” Fabian stressed.

He called on the people to be grateful that “we have had amongst us someone line Rizal and may there be more like him in the future as our struggles continue ahead as we strive to become better.”

This year’s theme of the Rizal day rites was “Rizalism: The Emergence of Spanish-Filipino relations that led to Nationalism”.

Present were top officials headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat, House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Rep .Beng Climaco-Salazar, military and police officials, teachers and students and government officials and personnel.

The Rizal Day rites were sponsored anew by the Knight of Rizal Chapter headed by Domingo Falcasantos and the city government of Zamboanga. — Ed D. Banos