President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday weighed in on the youth’s apparent lack of knowledge about the country’s history, saying he would call the attention of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to address the issue.
The President said he was particularly bothered by remarks purportedly made by students who watched the epic film “Heneral Luna” as to why Apolinario Mabini was sitting throughout the movie.
The supposed remark, which was posted on Twitter, has gone viral on the Internet.
“There were comments from netizens that maybe Mabini was just tired at the time. I could just shake my head in disbelief when I heard this story,” the President said in a speech in Filipino during the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards in Malacañang Palace on Tuesday.
“Let’s say that was just coming from a few number of students but we can also say that it reflects the lack of knowledge in history among today’s youth. I will call Brother Armin [Luistro] to fix this,” he added.
Mabini–the country’s first prime minister who is known by his historical moniker as the “Brains of the Philippine Revolution” and the “Sublime Paralytic”–lost the use of both his legs to polio shortly before the 1896 Revolution started.
Reacting to the remark, actor Epy Quizon, who played Mabini’s character in the film, said, “What have we been teaching these kids in our history classes?”
The President, meanwhile, conferred the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards to outstanding persons with disabilities (PWDs) and advocates for their welfare.
The Apolinario Mabini Awards was launched in 1974 to give recognition to individuals with disabilities, and professionals and various groups that have rendered outstanding service to people with disabilities.
Receiving the presidential award was Darlito Palermo, an engineer recognized as one of the first PWD youth leaders in Agdao, Davao City.
The Hall of Fame award was given to Randy Weisser of the SM Cares Program on Disability Affairs.
Liwanag Caldito and Victor Francesco Chan was conferred the PWD Filipino of the Year, while Myrna Medina and UAP-Manila Archdiocese for Government Services was awarded the Media Advocate of the Year.