Quezon City and the National Historical Commission (NHC) will lead the celebration of the 136th birth anniversary of President Manuel Luis Quezon on Tuesday in fitting ceremonies at the Quezon Memorial Shrine at the Quezon Memorial Circle in the city.
Chancellor Michael Tan of the University of the Philippines, guest of honor and speaker of this year’s celebration, will join Mayor Herbert Bautista., Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and descendants of President Quezon in the August 19 commemorative program.
Republic Act 6741 declares August 19 of each year as a special working holiday throughout the entire Philippines and a special non-working public holiday in Quezon City and in the provinces of Quezon and Aurora to mark Quezon’s birth anniversary.
Quezon, who died of tuberculosis on August 1, 1944 in Saranac Lake, New York , is best remembered not only as the founding father of Quezon City and the first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines but also as the country’s father of social justice and national language.
He is also being remembered as the President who offered the Philippines as haven for Jews being persecuted in Nazi Germany.
Based on some accounts, Quezon even donated his own land in what is now Marikina City (Metro Manila) and in Mindanao as settlements for the Jewish refugees.
At the August 1 commemoration of the 70th death anniversary of the former leader, Belmonte bared new projects to preserve the heritage of Quezon, including a museum and library.
The vice mayor also unveiled plans for the digitalization and the microfilm transfer of some of Quezon’s memorabilia by the city government in partnership with the NHC.
The memorabilia are kept at the National Archives.