PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd leads the nation in marking the 117th death anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal today with a flag raising ceremony in Tarlac province.

“He will start with the raising of the flag exactly 7 a.m. (the time when Rizal died) in Bagumbayan, Luneta, Manila,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

The Palace earlier urged the lowering of the Philippine flag to half staff today in honor of the national hero.

Palace Deputy Spokesman Abigail Valte called on Filipinos to reflect on Rizal’s legacy that has “reverberated throughout our people’s collective narrative.”

Rizal Day, she added, marks the centennial of the Rizal Monument, built as the tomb and memorial of Rizal.

As part of the commemoration, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office is launching today its website on the Rizal Monument. The website contains comprehensive essays, archival photo galleries, an architectural retrospective and contextual maps focusing on the Rizal Monument and on the Bagumbayan of history with full translation of the essay, the Tagalog Hamlet by Miguel de Unamuno, one of the earliest and most influential reflections on Rizal.


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  1. I bet very few people knew that the oblate aluminum that now grace an intersection (or is it a rotunda) in Paranaque was once installed supposedly to improved “the look” of the current Rizal monument in the Luneta. Good senses prevailed and the monument was restored to it’s original beauty.