Palace asks Filipinos to emulate Bonifacio's life

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


MALACAÑANG on Wednesday called on the nation to emulate the life of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio in celebration of his 148th birth anniversary.

In a statement, deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also reminded Filipinos about the importance of instilling hopes in people’s heart to be able to succeed challenges.

"Like his peers Rizal, del Pilar, and Mabini, he was among the first Filipinos to plant the seeds of nationalism in our country. Bonifacio demonstrated the courage and determination of our people in defending our country and in freeing us from the abuses of those in power," she said.

"In his writings, Andres Bonifacio used the pen-name "May pag-asa" (One who has hope). Let us follow his example: let us keep the light of hope burning in the hearts of each and every Filipino,” she ended.

President Benigno Aquino III has no official schedule for Bonifacio Day, which is declared as a national holiday.

In a press briefing in Malacañang, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President has to finish some paper works following a hectic schedule last Tuesday.

The City of Manila is one of those that prepared much for the commemoration of Bonifacio Day.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim kicked off the celebration with a wreath-laying ceremony at 8 a.m. at the Dambanang Gat Andres Bonifacio on Taft Avenue. Several police and navy officials were in attendance.

Lim also led the conferment of the “Bayani ng Maynila” awards for outstanding residents of Manila. He earlier declared November 30 as "Citizens Day of Manila," coinciding with the birth anniversary of Bonifacio whom Lim tagged as a "true Manileño".

Other celebrations for Bonifacio Day were held at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila and at the Bonifacio monument in Balintawak, Caloocan City.

Bonifacio was known as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution". He was also one of the founders and later the supreme leader of Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan, a movement which sought Philippine independence from Spanish colonial rule.

Since Bonifacio Day is declared as a regular holiday, workers who will report for duty are entitled to 200 percent of regular wage and 30 percent of hourly rate for every extra hour work.

College course on Bonifacio’s life proposed

At the House of Representatives, a party-list lawmaker representing the youth is urging Congress to pass his proposed law that seeks to include a course on the life, works, and ideals of Andres Bonifacio in the college curricula.

In time for the 148th anniversary of the birth of our national hero, Kabataan party-list Representative Raymond "Mong" Palatino said the House of Representatives should pass the proposed "Andres Bonifacio Act of 2011".

The proposed legislation, he said, is a novel measure that aims to "strengthen the values of nationalism and patriotism among the youth" through the teaching of subjects on Bonifacio.

"Including a course on the life, works and ideals of Andres Bonifacio in college will help strengthen the values of nationalism and patriotism among the youth. Bonifacio is a luminary whose challenges and lessons in nation-building remain very relevant up to this day," Palatino added.

"Lessons on national independence, collective action, civic consciousness, and patriotism will be inculcated among our students if a course on the life of our heroes should be included in the collegiate curricula. These lessons will shape the character needed for personal, community and national development," Palatino stated in House Bill 4353.

Once the bill is approved, the Commission on Higher Education shall approve the materials and textbooks for teaching the proposed subject.

Palatino’s measure is currently pending in the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. (Jill Beltran/Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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