MALOLOS CITY: The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will spearhead the commemoration of the 116th anniversary of the opening of the Malolos Congress on Monday at the ancient Barasoain Church in this city.
The event is one of the highlights of the weeklong celebration of the Singkaban Festival.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said the celebration will recall and boost the understanding of the Bulakenyos on the significance of the revolutionary congress of Malolos which played a significant role in our country’s struggle for freedom.
“Marapat lamang tayong magbalik-tanaw sa nakaraan hindi para balikan ang mga malulungkot na pangyayari kundi para alalahanin kung bakit tayo malaya ngayon. Ang pagbabalik-tanaw na ito ay pagbibigay-galang na rin sa ating mayamang kasaysayan [It is right to recall the past not because we want to look back at the sad moments but to remember why we are free today. This recolection is to give respect to our rich history],” Alvarado said.
The governor will join Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the statue of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the president of the First Philippine Republic.
Also attending the celebration are NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, representatives of the districts of Bulacan and Mayor Christian Natividad.
The Singkaban Festival will culminate with the Dangal ng Lipi Awards ceremony which recognizes outstanding Bulakenyos in different fields to be held at 7 p.m. at the Hiyas Pavilion of the Bulacan capitol.
The NHCP is a national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine historical heritage through research, information dissemination, conservation, including the marking of historic sites and structures, and the maintenance and administration of national shrines and landmarks.