CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra joined thousands of Bulakenyos in celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the first Philippine Republic at the historic Barasoain Church.
The celebration is anchored on the theme, “Unang Republika ng Pilipinas, Saligan sa Pagtataguyod ng Ganap na Pagbabago”.
Aside from Guevarra, Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad, Vice Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Executive Director III Ludovico Badoy also led the commemoration.
Other local officials, government employees, senior citizens, volunteer workers, veterans, teachers, students, and other non-government organizations also took part in the annual event.
The program started with a flag raising ceremony, and was followed by a wreath-laying activity at the monument of Emilio Aguinaldo, the country's first president.
Alvarado encouraged Bulakenyos to participate in the activity since January 23 is declared a special non-working day in the province, through Proclamation No. 651 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“Looking back at the past heroism of our ancestors, which led to Bulacan's inclusion in the colorful history of the country, is a must not to be lazy or ignorant but it must always be done with nobility and love for the people,” Alvarado said.
The historic event that is now called "Araw ng Republikang Pilipino, 1899" is based on Proclamation No. 533 that took effect in 2013. (PNA)
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