Institutions urged to lower flag to half mast on Rizal Day

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Friday, December 27, 2013

MALACANANG called on Friday all institutions, both public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in solemn commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s death anniversary on December 30.

This year’s Rizal Day marks the centennial of the Rizal Monument, built as the tomb and memorial to Dr. Rizal and which has since then served as the de facto symbol of the country's nationhood, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

"As the nation prepares to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on the 30th of December, we invite our fellow citizens to reflect on how his legacy has reverberated throughout our people’s collective narrative," she said.

"We also take this opportunity to once again remind our government bodies of Republic Act 229, which requires of all institutions, public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in solemn commemoration of Dr. Rizal’s ultimate sacrifice on December 30, 1896," Valte said.

Valte said Republic Act 229 also strictly forbids cockfighting, horse racing, and Jai Alai games every December 30, with criminal punishment in the form of fines or imprisonment, or both, for any official, citizen, or public or private institution that violates this law.

The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), as its contribution to the Rizal Day 2013 commemoration, will be launching a special page on the Rizal Monument, she said.

She said the PCDSPO will feature a comprehensive essay, archival photo galleries, an architectural retrospective, and contextual maps focusing on the Rizal Monument and on the Bagumbayan of history—a tract of land that has been an integral part of the narrative of Philippine independence, she added.

"The special page will also feature, for the first time, a full translation of the famous essay, 'The Tagalog Hamlet,' by Miguel de Unamuno, one of the earliest and most influential reflections on Rizal, whom Unamuno also immortalized as 'The Tagalog Christ,'" Valte said.

According to Valte, the special page, with its many multimedia features, has been made possible through collaborations with the National Historical Institute, the National Library, the National Parks Development Committee, architectural scholars and historians and heritage enthusiasts.

Valte said the special page will be available on the Official Gazette website on December 30. (SDR/Sunnex)

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