CITY OF MALOLOS – “History’s challenge to us is to affirm the value of the democracy we savor today. We can only do this if we remain loving our country and uniting with one desire, one purpose and one dream. We can only do this if we think that we are united as one. Since the Malolos Congress opened, we have come a long way as a nation. We also experienced many hardships; typhoons, earthquakes, pandemic but we have not stopped and we will not stop.”
This was Vice President Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio’s message during the 124th Anniversary of the Opening of Malolos Congress spearheaded by the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) held at the historic grounds of Barasoain Church here earlier.
As the guest of honor, VP Duterte-Carpio led the wreath laying rites in front of the monument of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo witnessed by Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Vice Governor Alexis C. Castro, NHCP Chairman Dr. Rene R. Escalante and City of Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad. \
In his message, Fernando said that as the inheritors of this congress, it is also a challenge to the Filipinos to be worthy of all the democracy we have today.
“Tayo ang mapalad na tagapagmana ng Kongresong ito. Dito pinagtibay ang demokrasyang pinagbuwisan ng buhay ng ating mga bayani ng lahi; ang Kongreso ng Malolos. Ang lalawigang ito ay itinatag sa sakripisyo at pagtataguyod ng katotohanan. Patunay ang Kongreso ng Malolos na ang demokrasya ay isang prosesong inilaan para sa kabutihan ng tao. Sa ating mga kababayan, ito ay hamon na maging karapat-dapat sa lahat ng mabubuting bagay na ipinaglaban ng ating mga ninuno,” the governor said.
The event was also attended by the officials of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, department heads, Department of Education District Superintendents and supervisors, representatives from NHCP, NGOs and NGAs.
The Malolos Congress was first established on September 15, 1989 to draw a constitution for the First Philippine Republic led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It strengthened the First Philippine Constitution that led the proclamation of the Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. ###