|the day of heroes...|
"Fortunate is the country where heroes emerge because that country will live on." - Andres Bonifacio. Today, the Philippines celebrates National Heroes Day as a tribute to the man and woman who fought for the country during the Spanish and American colonization. Heroes like Bonifacio, Rizal, Mabini, Aguinaldo, Tandang Sora, the Silangs and more will always be remembered for their sacrifice and for the independence we enjoy today.
The National Heroes Day was formerly observed on November 30 every year because it was the birthdate of the founder of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio. However, to pay homage to all other heroes of the country, it was moved to the last Sunday of August of every year. And due to Holiday economics,
President Emilio F. Aguinaldo began the tradition of honoring the heroes of the nation. He issued a decree on December 20, 1898, declaring December 30 of every year as "Memorials Day" to honor Dr. Jose P. Rizal and all the other Filipinos who suffered martyrdom for Philippine freedom. In 1901, Pascual H. Poblete, also a hero of the revolution, launched a campaign to erect a monument for Dr. Rizal. Others followed Poblete's admirable effort. Friends and admirers of Andres Bonifacio, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Fathers Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora, etc., also started fund-raising campaigns to erect monuments in the heroes' birthplaces.
The people of Daet, Camarines Norte, erected the first Rizal monument and inaugurated it on December 30, 1898. (See my post about it here.) On September 3, 1911, the Board of Directors of the newspaper El Renacimiento/Muling Pagsilang inaugurated at Balintawak the Monument for the Heroes of 1896 to pay homage to the unknown men and women who sacrificed their lives for Philippine freedom. Eventually, provinces, towns, streets, parks comschools, and institutions were named in honor of the nation's heroes.
Philippine history is the history of our heroes. By their deeds and personal sacrifices and by their blood, they wrote the pages of our country's annals. It is important to study the life and works of our heroes for posterity to know and emulate their noble deeds.
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