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Bulacan relives the heroism of the Katipuneros of Kakarong Republic
By: PPAO
Monday, 18 June 2012
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MORE TREES, MORE LIFE. With more than a hundred mahogany seedlings, Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Atty. Rustico “Teddy” de Belen leads the tree planting at the Inang Filipina shrine in Bgy. Real de Kakarong as part of the environment month celebration of the Provincial Government of Bulacan. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- In a bid to revive the spirit of heroism showed by the Katipuneros that led to the founding of Kakarong Republic, the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Municipal Government of Pandi and Bulacan State University mounted a tree planting activity and “KKK” or “Kalikasan, Kasaysayan at Kasarinlan” on the spot painting contest at the “Inang Filipina” shrine in Bgy. Real de Kakarong, Pandi recently.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the activity is one of the highlights of the Environment Month that aims to create public awareness on the historic significance of the place which is the first of the three republics in Bulacan. The other two republics are the Biak-na-Bato Republic in San Miguel and the Malolos Republic in Malolos City.

The governor added the place is being developed into an eco-heritage park so that locals and tourists can enjoy not only the unspoiled beauty of Real de Kakarong but also to remind them of the bravery of Filipino katipuneros headed by the long-haired Filipino revolutionary General Eusebio Roque also known as “Maestrong Sebio” and “Dimabungo.”

Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Atty. Rustico “Teddy” de Belen said that they are virtually hitting “two birds with one stone” in developing the “Inang Filipina” shrine into an eco-heritage park.

“We are infusing environment protection and at the same time promoting the historic significance of the Kakarong Republic. A commemorative arch will also be built to welcome the visitors here,” said de Belen.

Also, coinciding the event was the unveiling of a historical marker by provincial officials led by Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio.

Fernando reiterated in his speech that history and environment could not be separated because they are both important in the lives of Bulakeños as well as the Filipino people. He said the valor of the katipuneros in Bulacan have contributed greatly into the quest of Philippine independence.

Meanwhile, BulSU President Dr. Mariano De Jesus said they are supporting this kind of activities because they want the future generation to also witness the richness of history, culture and environment that the youth are experiencing now.

“We want to preserve the place so that someday kids will still enjoy the beauty of Real de kakarong and at the same time remember the heroism of our ancestors,” De Jesus said. ###

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