CITY OF MALOLOS – The Province of Bulacan in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will once again relive the memories of the first Philippine Republic on January 23, 2018 at 8 am and rekindle the patriotism among Bulakenyos that happened 119 years ago at the historic Barasoain Church here.
With the theme “Unang Republikang Filipino, Patnubay sa Pagsulong ng Bansa”, the historic event that is now called ‘Araw ng Republikang Pilipino, 1899’ based from the Proclamation No. 533 that took effect in 2013, will gather hundreds of Bulakenyos to take part on this important event.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that looking back to the period when every Filipinos were fighting for the freedom and nationalism of the country is one way of awakening the patriotism and inspiring unity in everyone.
“Kahit hindi natin malampasan o kahit na hindi natin mapantayan, kahit kaunti lang ng ipinadamang pagmamahal ng mga bayani natin sa bansa ang maibigay natin ngayon, sapat na para gumalaw ang bansa na alam n’yang may nagmamalasakit at nagmamahal sa kanya. Sa ganitong paraan, mararamdaman din ng mga mamamayan ang pagmamahal sa kapwa dahil tayo mismo ang bumubuo sa bansa,” Alvarado said.
Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo M. Año will grace the event as the guest speaker along with NHCP Dir. Ludovico Badoy, Congressman Jose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, other local officials, government employees, senior citizens, volunteer workers, veterans, teachers, students and other non-government organizations.
The program will start with a flag raising ceremony followed by the wreath laying activity at the monument of Emilio Aguinaldo, the country’s first president.
Also, to give Bulakenyos the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea issued Proclamation No. 394 also known as “Declaring Tuesday, 23 January 2018, as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Province of Bulacan”.