December 30 is Rizal Day

“On this battlefield, man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.”

Today, December 30 is commemorated as “Rizal Day” to remember the death of our national hero in 1896 whose works sparked the revolution leading to our independence in 1898 and whose life story and lessons lingers up to the present.

In our very own city plaza, a unique statue of our national hero stands proudly as a symbol of Catbalogan’s love and respect of history and our continuing efforts to protect it for the next generation.

“May this day and the life and works of Rizal continue to inspire today’s generation that bravery and courage need not always be up in arms and in battles and that one must not always suffer death to be a hero,” City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further emphasizes that, “And as we brave through a new year this 2019, let us continue to fight for the real truth and the true justice that will always prevail no matter what.”

Rizal Day was first instituted with a decree by President Emilio Aguinaldo issued December 20, 1898 and celebrated December 30, 1898 as a national day of mourning for Rizal in Malolos, Bulacan and all victims of the Spanish colonial rule of the Philippines.

On February 1, 1902, the Philippine Commission enacted Act No. 345, which made December 30 a public holiday and to underscore the solemnity of the event, President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act No. 229 into law on June 9, 1948 that prohibits cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai every December 30.

(Photo by George Tapan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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