Unforgettable Hero-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
By Andres Bonifacio
Alingpag-ibig pa anghihigit kaya
sapagkadalisay at magkadakila
Umawit, tumula, kumata't at sumulat,
STIRRING our brothers and sisters to fight for our motherland with his heroic actions and words is Gat Andres Bonifacio.
Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary. He is known as "the father of the Philippine Revolution". He was a founder and later Supremo ("supreme leader") of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.
Resounding across history until today in the present 21st century, his ‘Cry for Freedom’ echoes in our hearts and spirits because we love our Philippines.
May you and I wave the flag of nationalism, patriotism and heroism for all times!
Mayor Ed Pamintuan
Zooming our focus in our local community, we see a nationalist in our midst.
Recalling the dark days of martial law, we saw him struggling in the dark corridors of the 1970s Marcosian jails. Mayor Edpam lits up the lamp of justice because his flaming ideals of freedom moved him and his fellow activists to uplift the banner of liberty. Even as he suffered with his co-intellectuals, he raised up their spirits, comforted their crying eyes and touched their hearts bursting with agony during their unjust imprisonment.
Today in the 21st century, I meet former detainees who are now leading professors in U.P. Diliman, Department of Social Work, who say they will never forget Mayor Edpam’s compassion, concern and care. Representing them when everyone else was bowing their heads in indifference, he broke through the wall of injustice.
Speaking up, they told me:
“He spoke up when the majority chose to be silent. He fought on when the courts oozed with yellow cowardice. He raised his fist in defiance even as many hands shook in fear of the dictatorship.
His courage melded with compassion is imprinted in our minds. We will always proffer to him our hearts of gratitude.
Atty. Pamintuan is an inspiring man with his love of our country; truly, his name belongs to a rare breed of modern-day heroes.”
Yes! Answering the call of the human rights crusade, he shattered the world of the timid tao. He evokes the profile of great persons who took up the cause of the poor and underprivileged men and women like Gat Andres.
As a finale, may I share these poetic lines of unforgettable hero Gat Andres:
“…Tanawin ng tao at wikang mainam
Kung mananatili ina nating Bayan…”
(…Our point of view and good language...when our Motherland continues to exist….)
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 25, 2013.