Bulakenyos will commemorate the 165th birth anniversary of the country’s great propagandist, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, on Aug. 30.
With the theme Gat. Marcelo H. Del Pilar: Bayaning Bulakenyo, Huwaran ng Lahing Pilipino, the event will be held at the Dambanang Marcelo H. Del Pilar in Barangay San Nicolas, Bulakan town with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Mar Roxas as guest of honor.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the celebration will highlight the life and contribution of the great propagandist and rekindle it in the hearts and minds of the younger generation.
The intelligence and heroism of Del Pilar were immeasurable. His contribution to the country’s literature paved the way for the Philippines to attain freedom. Let us all together revive the heroic feelings of every Bulakenyo which was started by the noble propagandist-Del Pilar, the governor said.
The event will kick off with a civic parade at 5:30 a.m. to be followed with a program and wreath-laying ceremony to be led by Roxas, Alvarado, Bulakan town mayor Patrick Neil Meneses and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Executive Director Ludovico Badoy.
Meanwhile, the National Press Club in partnership with NHCP will launch the petition for the declaration of the birth of Del Pilar as National Media and Press Freedom Day during the Plaridel’s Journalism and Media Camp Workshop, Seminar and Exhibit on August 29 at the Marcelo H. del Pilar Elementary School.
Del Pilar also known as Plaridel founded the first bilingual newspaper in the Philippines known as Diariong Tagalog in 1882 and also advocated reforms during the Spanish Era by publishing newspapers that sought civil liberties for Filipinos, including the La Solidaridad.
He died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1896 in Barcelona, Spain, a month before the Cry of Pugad Lawin, which signaled the start of the Philippine Revolution. (PNA)