CITY OF MALOLOS – “We may have differences in terms of our standpoint, opinions, and principles, but our love for our country will bind these differences.”
This was the gist of Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry L. Roque, Jr.’s message during the commemoration of the 168th Birth Anniversary of Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar at the Shrine dedicated to him located in Brgy. San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan today.
The spokesperson of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte believed that Del Pilar opened the consciousness of the Filipinos on the harsh reality and these realizations made them fight for their sovereignty.
“Sa kasalukuyang panahon, hamon sa atin na ipagpatuloy ang pamanang iniwan ng bayaning si Plaridel para sa ating demokrasya. Bagaman may mga opinyon tayo na taliwas sa paninindigan ng ibang tao, ang mga opinyong ito ay napakahalaga upang makarating tayo sa ating nagkakaisang layuning mapabuti ang ating bansa,” Roque said.
Meanwhile, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado honored the legacy of Plaridel by leading the flag raising ceremony, oath to the national flag and wreath laying activity at the monument of Del Pilar together with Sec. Roque, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Bulakan Mayor Patrick Neil Meneses and other local officials.
Also, Grandmaster of the Free and Accepted Mason of the Philippines Most Worshipful Romeo Momo, National Press Club President Rolly Gonzalo and Del Pilar’s great great grandson George Balagtas delivered their speeches to give glory to the Father of Philippine Masonry and Journalism.
The commemoration of the 168th Birth Anniversary of Plaridel, which is anchored on the theme “Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar: Bayani Noon, Ngayon at sa Nagbabagong Panahon” was made possible through the joint efforts of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Municipal Government of Bulakan and the NHCP.