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Chief Justice Sereno to grace the 115th Anniversary of First Philippine Republic
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS - Emphasizing the role of the justice system in making the spirit of freedom alive, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno will lead the 115th Anniversary of the First Philippine Republic on January 23 at the historical church of Barasoain in this city.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that this year’s celebration with the theme, “Ang Diwa ng Saligang Batas ng Malolos at ang Kabuluhan nito sa Kasalukuyang Panahon,” will be simple yet meaningful and will focus on how unity and justice which had served as instrument in achieving democracy hundreds of years ago, still remain vital in maintaining freedom and attaining progress.

“Sama-sama po nating sariwain ang mahalagang pitak na ito sa kasasaysayan ng ating bansa. Upang mabuhay muli sa puso’t isip ng bawat mamamayang Pilipino ang kahalagahan ng kalayaan at pagkakapantay-pantay. Dahil kung walang katarungan, hindi tayo maituturing na ganap na malaya,” the governor said.

Alvarado said the program will start at 8 o’clock in the morning through a flag raising ceremony and wreathe laying activity at Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s monument.

“Layunin din nito na itanghal ang dakilang lalawigan ng Bulacan bilang bayan ng mga bayani at itaas ang kamalayan lalo na ng mga kabataan sa makulay at mahalagang pangyayaring ito sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas,” the provincial chief executive said.

He added that they will be putting flags and tarpaulins along the roads to inform Filipinos to join the celebration.

The First Philippine Republic, popularly known as the Malolos Republic, was the first republic in Asia. It was inaugurated on January 23, 1899 at the Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo took his oath of office as President of the Republic. ###

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