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August 30, holiday in Bulacan
Thursday, 28 August 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado encourages not only the Bulakenyos, but all the Filipinos as well to join in the commemoration of the 164th birth anniversary of the country’s great propagandist, Marcelo H. del Pilar at the Dambanang Marcelo H. del Pilar, San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan on August 30 at 8 o’clock in the morning.

August 30 has been declared a special non-working holiday in accordance to the Republic Act No. 7449 or “An Act Declaring August Thirty a Special Non Working Holiday in the Province of Bulacan,” to give way for honoring the heroic deeds and sacrifices of the great Bulakenyo hero.

“Del Pilar’s heroic legacy should be rekindled in the hearts and minds of our younger generation and we should honor his patriotism for fighting for our freedom. We would like to encourage everyone, not only the Bulakenyos to join in honoring our great Bulakenyo hero,” Alvarado said.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the guest of honor is expected to grace the event which is anchored on the theme “Marcelo Del Pilar: Ama ng Bansa Gabay para sa Mabuting Pamamahala.”

The event will kick off with a civic parade at 5:30 a.m. to be followed by a program at 8:00 a.m. and wreath-laying ceremony to be led by Gov. Alvarado, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, Sen. Cayetano and Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses.

Officials and representatives from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), as well as the elected officials, chiefs and employees of the Provincial Capitol and Municipality of Bulakan are also expected to participate in the said celebration.

Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar, also known as Plaridel was born in San Nicolas, Bulakan on August 30, 1850 and the youngest of the ten siblings of the wealthy family Don Julian del Pilar, a gobernadorcillo and Doña Blasa Gatmaitan.

Plaridel was the editor of the newspaper Diariong Tagalog which strongly criticized the way the Spaniards ran the government and treated the people. He was also the editor of La Solidaridad newspaper, the mouthpiece of the propagandists working on reforms for the Filipinos. Del Pilar died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1896 in Barcelona, Spain. ###

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