City, KOR set Rizal’s 152nd birthday fete PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:38

The City Government in cooperation with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Zamboanga City Chapter will spearhead the commemoration of the 152nd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal in fitting rites set today at Plaza Rizal fronting City Hall.

Themed “Rizalism: The Epitome of the Filipino Youth and Good Governance”, the city commemoration will kick off with the flag raising ceremony to be followed by a floral offering at the foot of the Rizal monument where a brief program will also take place.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and District I Representative Beng Climaco will spearhead the celebration along with Domingo Falcasantos, KOR area commander for Western Mindanao.

Officials and representatives from national offices, military commands, city officials and department heads, school heads and barangay officials are expected to actively take part in the significant event.

Born on June 19, 1861, José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda became the most prominent Filipino nationalist for advocating reforms through peaceful means rather than by violent revolution in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

Historical records reveal that in 1891, when Rizal published a sequel to his first book, he became the leading spokesman of the Philippine reform movement and later the leader of the Propaganda Movement. In 1892 he founded a nonviolent-reform society in Manila, and was deported. He remained in exile for four years. In 1896 he was tried for sedition and publicly executed.

President Noynoy Aquino has declared today, June 19 as a special (non-working day) in the province of Laguna in celebration of Rizal’s 152nd birth anniversary. — Sheila Covarrubias