CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government commemorated Wednesday the 157th birth anniversary of the first Kapampangan revolutionary governor and the city's local hero, Don Tiburcio Hilario y Tuazon, at Heroes Park.

City officials, multi-sectoral groups that include members of free masonry, and descendants of late hero led the wreath laying ceremony at Don Tiburcio's monument at the park.

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Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said this is a way to rekindle the flames of nationalism and patriotism in the hearts and spirits of people, particularly the youth.

Rodriguez also compared the life of Don Tiburcio to the life of the late senator, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and Dr. Jose Rizal. He said the three shared the same principles in life, coming from well-off families but choosing to dedicate their lives for the country.

"Nanggaling sila sa mayaman na pamilya and yet mas pinili nilang iwanan ang marangyang buhay upang pagsilbihan ang ating bayan...Nararapat lang natin silang bigyan ng pagkilala... (Their families are well-off but they left their luxurious lives to serve the country... It is but proper for us to honor them)," he said.

He also encouraged everyone to emulate the advocacies of the three heroes.

"Hindi na natin kailangan magbuwis ng buhay upang maging bayani. Sa pamamagitan ng mga simpleng gawain tulad ng pagsunod sa mga batas at paglilingkod sa kapwa, maaari na nating ipakita ang ating pagka-makabayan (Dying is not necessary for us to become heroes. We can be nationalistic by following the law and serving the people through simple ways)," he said.

Don Tiburcio Hilario played a very significant part in the course of Philippine Revolution. He was a lawyer and became the first Kapampangan and Fernandino revolutionary governor.

On some occasions, Rizal stayed at Hilario's ancestral house in Barangay San Juan to discuss the La Liga Filipina, which became the country's revolutionary newspaper later on. Hilario made the ultimate sacrifice as he and his brother Cecilio refused to testify against Rizal. (Jovi T. De Leon)