CITY OF MALOLOS – “Let us all unite and don’t stop persevering. We should do what is right in order to enrich the legacy of Marcelo H. Del Pilar that will serve as the light and guide of the future generations”.
This was the statement of Gov. Daniel R. Fernando to the people who graced the 172nd Birth Anniversary of Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar with the theme, “Marcelo H. Del Pilar: Yaman ng Bansa, Dangal ng Bulacan, Inspirasyon ng Mamamayan” held at the Marcelo H. Del Pilar Shrine in San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan this morning.
“Mahalagang matandaan natin ang kanyang mga kontribusyon sa ating kasaysayan, ngunit makalipas ang isang siglo, ang hamon sa atin ngayon ay kung paano nga ba natin isasabuhay ang mga ito. Tulad ni Marcelo H. del Pilar, pilitin nating gawin ang tama upang tuluyan na nating makamit ang pagbabago tungo sa lubos na kaunlaran ng ating bayan”, Fernando said.
Also, First District of Bulacan Representative Danilo A. Domingo, who was the guest of honor and speaker, has emphasized the roles that must be performed for the family and country in this current times.
Domingo said that Gat Del Pilar has become Bulakenyos’ inspiration wherein Governor General Blanco named Del Pilar as “the most dreadful of the Filipino politicians, the true voice of the separatists” who fought tirelessly for the rights of Filipinos, reform and equality.
“Higit pa natin siyang parangalan, tayo ay magkaisa para iangat ang ating bayan”, Domingo said.
He said that among the challenges that can be surpassed and achieved include the threat of COVID-19, protection to fight famine in the family wherein livelihood and income must be given attention, planting on lands to lessen the effects of rising commodities, and fighting corruption.
Meanwhile, Fernando and Vice Gov. Alexis C. Castro led the flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies together with Mayor Vergel C. Meneses, Vice Mayor Reina C. Sanchez, Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo of National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Mayor Eduardo J. Villanueva, Jr., PLt. Col Dominador Ignacio, President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Marcelo H. Del Pilar Bulacan Chapter Atty. Joseph Inocencio and representative of Most Worshipful Johnny T. Pimentel, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
Other attendees were Carmela Reyes-Estrope, correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer and president of Central Luzon Media Association, members of Bulacan Press Club Inc. headed by its president Omar Padilla of Pilipino Star Ngayon, some media, and representatives of the relatives of Gat Marcelo among others. ###