YOUNG Dabawenyos were urged to emulate the efforts of national and modern-day heroes during the 159th Bonifacio Day celebration on Wednesday, November 30, at Bonifacio Park. Vice Mayor Jay Melchor Quitain, representing Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, said the youth should engage more in nation-building efforts to strengthen the spirit of nationalism.

“Right now, we have modern-day heroes. But for the youth, you should follow the love for the country or nationalism. Sometimes, our vision of success is to go abroad. Well, that is good or a sacrifice even. But never forget that your heart always belongs to the Filipino people through your sense of nationalism,” he said.

At 32, Andres Bonifacio spearheaded the establishment of the secret revolutionary movement “Katipunan” to fight Spanish colonization in 1892.

He was considered the top leader or Presidente Supremo of the Katipunan.

Quitain led the wreath-laying ceremony during Wednesday’s festivities. He was joined by Police Colonel Alberto Lupaz, Davao City Police Office director, and Colonel Darren Comia, Davao City Task Force commander.

Other attendees during the commemoration include the security forces from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Navy, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Annually, the country commemorates the birthday of Andres Bonifacio after the Philippine Legislature enacted Act No. 2946 on February 6, 1921, which declared November 30 of every year to be the day of commemoration of the birth of Andres Bonifacio. JDC