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April 2, special non-working day in Bulacan
Monday, 31 March 2014
MALOLOS CITY – As a tribute to the “Prince of Tagalog Poets”, Malacañang has declared Wednesday, April 2, 2014 as a special (non-working) day in the province of Bulacan in observance of the 226th birth anniversary of Gat Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar.

According to Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, this year’s theme “Bayan, Bayani, at si Balagtas” highlights the Lakbay Balagtas activity organized by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).

The said literary journey is set to visit three sites crucial to Balagtas’s life and works such as Pandacan in Manila wherein a park and a monument were dedicated to him, Balagtas in Bulacan which was his birthplace and Orion town in Bataan where he died. By participating in this activity, travelers will have a chance to meet the relatives of Balagtas.

“Sama-sama nating gunitain ang araw ng kanyang pagsilang sa pamamagitan ng pagkilala sa kanyang mga kontribusyon, hindi lamang sa ating dakilang lalawigan, kundi sa buong bansa”, Alvarado said.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Government of Balagtas will mark the commemoration of the birth of the prominent poet and orator through a holy mass followed by a brief program, wreath laying ceremony at his monument and float parade.

The Civil Service Commission also announces its yearly Literary Writing Contest which is open to all public and private students and government employees.

Better known as Francisco Balagtas, the playwright Kiko was born in barrio Panginay in the town of Bigaa, now known as Balagtas in 1788. His magnum opus includes Florante at Laura. He also introduced the literary form and poetic debate known as ‘Balagtasan’. ###

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