Rep. Alvarado calls for patriotism during Plaridel’s 167th birth anniversary
By: Charina Temblique
Congressman Jose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado urged his fellow Bulakenyos to emulate Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar’s love for the country during the commemoration of the hero’s 167th birth anniversary at the Marcelo H. Del Pilar National Shrine, San Nicolas, Bulakan.
In his speech, Alvarado asked attendees to take pride in being a Filipino, like how the Bulakenyo hero did. He encouraged people to continue Plaridel’s legacy of fighting against discrimination, subordination, and ignorance through doing good deeds and helping others.
Paul Gutierrez, National Press Club president, called for the passage of a law proclaiming August 30 as a day dedicated to national press freedom. To this request, Alvarado presented a copy of the House Bill 3702, a bill aiming to declare Del Pilar’s birth date as National Responsible Press Freedom Day. The first district representative also asked for the support of fellow legislator and Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines Grand Master Abraham Tolentino.
Meanwhile, Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando emphasized the Great Propagandist’s admirable contribution to the country’s pursuit of freedom.
Mayor Patrick Meneses looked back on the life and death of Del Pilar, who was the founder of Diariong Tagalog and editor-in-chief of La Solidaridad. The Bulakenyo hero, who is also believed to be the “Mastermind” of the Katipunan, died in Spain due to tuberculosis.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar: Kagitingan at Kabayanihan, Mananatiling Buhay sa Kasaysayan.”
Alvarado and other notable attendees, including Gutierrez, Tolentino, Fernando, Meneses, board members Allan Andan and Ayee Ople, and Bryan Paraiso of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies.
The occasion began with a civic parade attended by government employees, public and private school teachers and students, masons, journalists, non-government and religious organizations, and Del Pilar’s kin.
Del Pilar was a journalist, satirist, lawyer, and freemason. He was born on August 30, 1850, in Sito Cupang, San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan.