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Bulacan commemorates 117th death anniversary of Plaridel
By: PPAO
Thursday, 04 July 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS –Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado together with the citizens of the Municipality of Bulakan lead the Bulakenyos in the commemoration of the 117th death anniversary of Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar yesterday morning, July 4, 2013 at the Dambanang Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Cupang, San Nicolas, Bulakan in Bulacan.

Alvarado graced the event as one of the guest speakers and was joined by Coun. Piccolo Meneses who represented his brother Mayor Patrick Meneses, Coun. Jeff Tansinsin, Coun. Elena San Pedro, Samahan ng Mason sa Bulakan, Alex Balagtas, curator of Marcelo H. Del Pilar National Shrine and Museum and Punong Pansangay Bulacan-Zambales, Pambansang Komisyong Pangkasaysayan ng Pilipinas, other government officials and employees and guests.

Marking Plaridel’s martyrdom, Alvarado said that Del Pilar has been an important person in the history of the country and still play a vital role until the present times.

“Si Marcelo H. Del Pilar ay kakaiba sa lahat. Siya ay namatay hindi sa kandungan ng Inang Bayan kundi sa ibayong panig ng dagat sa Barcelona, Espana. Sinasabing namatay siya sa pagkakaduhapang sa kanyang mesang sulatan habang patuloy pa ring bumubuhos sa kanyang pluma ang agos ng makabayang kaisipang hindi nagbabawa para sa kalayaan ng ating bayan,” said Alvarado.

With this year’s theme, “Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar: Ang Kanyang Diwa at Panulat tungo sa Pambansang Kamalayan at Kalayaan”, the said celebration was commemorated thru the traditional laying of floral wreaths at the hero’s monument, a special program, on the spot essay writing contest, interview, performance of the Barnabbas Bulacan Christian Academy Ensemble and a lot more.

Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaitán was born on August 30, 1850 in Cupang, San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan. Better known by his pen name Plaridel, he was a Filipino writer, lawyer, and journalist. He became the second and last editor of the La Solidaridad , the newspaper of the Reform Movement in Spain.

He died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1896 and was buried at the Southwest Cemetery in Barcelona. His remains were returned to the Philippines on December 3, 1920 and was buried initially at the Manila North Cemetery and then later transferred to his birthplace in Bulakan, Bulacan on August 30, 1984 under a monument.###

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