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By Bong Garcia
Saturday, December 29, 2012
THE City Government in partnership with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Western Mindanao chapter will spearhead the observance of the 116th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal tomorrow, December 30.
The commemoration of the national hero, themed “Rizalism: the Emergence of Spanish-Filipino Relations that led to Nationalism,” will kick-off at 7 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony to be followed by the floral offering at the Rizal Park in front of the City Hall.
Mayor Celso Lobregat and House Deputy Speaker Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Representative Erico Basilan Fabian (2nd district, Zamboanga) will lead the local observance that will be participated by City Government officials and employees, representatives from the different national agencies, and police and military units.
Domingo Falcasantos, Knights of Rizal Area Commander for Western Mindanao, will assist Lobregat during the flag raising ceremony.
Salazar will give the opening remarks while Fabian will give a short message. Lobregat will give the inspirational message and Falcasantos will declaim the “mi ultimo adios.”
The Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS)-main choir will lead the doxology as well as provide some intermission numbers.
Rizal Day is observed every 30th of December in commemoration of his nationalism and martyrdom. It is celebrated throughout the country but the major celebration is held at Rizal Park, more popularly known as the Luneta Park in the city of Manila.
The event is highlighted by flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Jose Rizal Monument. Similar ceremonies are held at the Rizal shrines in Calamba, Laguna and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, and the Rizal monument in Baguio City.
Rizal was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.
His 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution. Rizal Day is declared a national holiday in the country.